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Parents' Guide to

The King

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Outstanding but brutally violent Henry V historical epic.

Movie R 2019 160 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 12+
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Chalamet is solid and the supporting cast is strong, perhaps I am partial to Branagh's Henry V

Chalamet is a delight and his supporting cast is strong. The film has moments of indulgence that drag a bit. It is a different type of film from Branagh's Henry V and one wonders if it is necessary, but it is definitely engaging.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (10 ):

This outstanding historical epic boasts beautiful cinematography, strong performances, and a phenomenal battle scene. The luxe production design exists in a palette of gray, which implies that trouble is constantly brewing. The art design of each scene creates an authenticity that makes it feel like you're there -- particularly during the epic Battle of Agincourt. That attack sequence plays like Saving Private Ryan: Medieval Times. This isn't about elegant swordsmanship and proud, victorious cheers; rather, it's down and dirty, with punching, suffocating, drowning, and whatever-it-takes fighting, with bodies mashing up against each other like a murderous mosh pit. It's brutal, but it ultimately delivers understanding: You realize that this must be what it was truly like to fight in the 15th century.

The Shakespeare plays The King is based on aren't the ones usually assigned as required reading, so it may be difficult to get teens to watch -- but do try. While running a country at a young age isn't likely to happen to any viewers, by the movie's end, Hal learns a significant life lesson that today's kids can apply as they step into the workplace. Chalamet and co-star Joel Edgerton (who also co-wrote and produced) put in fantastic, believable performances, and those who grew up with Twilight will get a kick out of Robert Pattinson, who surprises with an unexpected twist on a French prince who delights at riling the young king into war.

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