Tonight we kick off our first episode of the weekly Guest Post series: Medium Cool with BGinCHI.
In case you missed the introduction to the series last week: Culture as a Hedge Against this Soul-Sucking Political Miasma We’re Living In
BG sent me this last night:
“Fresh off re-watching The King, and am doubly, triply amazed by it. I have tons to say, and will do so in comments as the thread unfolds.”
Without further ado, I bring you Bradley Greenburg on The King:
This week’s Medium Cool takes a look at “The King” (2019, dir. David Michôd). The film showed up on many people’s radar because it stars Timothée Chalamet and features Robert Pattinson. As I said in the comments of last week’s introductory thread, this past fall I taught a grad Shakespeare seminar devoted to the Henriad (Richard II, 1 & 2 Henry IV, Henry V). So, when “The King” came out I was dreading seeing it, and held off til the end of the semester.
Watching it, I was floored by its smart, insightful interpretation of its source materials. Especially interesting is its portrayal of filial & fraternal relations, its keen attention to the brutalities of power, a reinvigoration of Falstaff’s character and relationship with Hal, and a savagely confrontational Catherine.
Let’s use this thread to discuss how the film tells the story of Henry V, the so-called “mirror of all Christian kings,” who united England after many years of civil unrest and beat the French against all odds at Agincourt.
What works? What doesn’t?