The King

Dir: David Michôd
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Timothée Chalamet, Ben Mendelsohn
140mins   2019   UK   15   English   

Hal, wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life - including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the ageing alcoholic knight, John Falstaff.

'It's smart stuff, great writing and a fitting conclusion to a superlative historical portrait' - Kevin Maher, The Times