The King details
|Starring:||Gael Garcia Bernal, William Hurt, Laura Harring|
|Studio:||HIGH FLIERS DISTRIBUTION LTD.|
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 Aug 2006|
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A Dark Thinking Man's FilmBy James Waddell from London , 21 May 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]The King is a movie about Father/Son relationships and how they affect the rest of the family. In short, a young guy (child to a prostitute) leaves the navy, finds his real father (a baptist pastor), and tries to build a relationship with him and his family. The story explores the issues raised by a pastor not wanting his family, friends, and congregation to know of his shady past and of his long lost son's anger at having been rejected. Although some of the cinematography is breathtaking and the acting first rate, the movie itself is very dark with a weak conclusion and you're left wondering what the director was trying to achieve in making the film. The result is somewhat unsatisfying.
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A Greek/American/Mexican StoryBy Cato (774 reviews) from Lydbury North , 12 Nov 2013I don't know which Greek legend they based this story on, but it certainly had all the hallmarks of an ancient tale. Gael Garcia Bernal brought his smouldering Mexican looks to the film, he's good as the baby faced killer, and in some ways this film reminded me of the Mexican/Spanish way of cinema, quite brutal in parts with complementary lyrical passages. Certainly a film that bears sticking with.
"We're going to hell."By danieljparsons (118 reviews) from Ashford , 13 Feb 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideConstantly testing the limits of plausibility, The King largely succeeds due to the strength of the acting and subtle, low-key direction. Gael Garcia Bernal shows exceptionally little emotion - he is cold and vicious, although it's hard to know if he's being deliberately calculating, or if he's just unhinged, or (most probably) a combination. Pell James is especially brilliant in the most difficult to believe role. Her reaction when Elvis tells her about Paul is so convincingly played that it's almost possible to overlook how much it actually stretches credibility. The very difficult to watch sermon at the end of the film demonstrates Pell James' skill with body language and emotion as we see her gradually realise the full extent of the truth. William Hurt also puts in a typically layered performance. In truth, this film is so melodramatic in content that it would be impossible to take seriously were it not so understatedly played and filmed. A very interesting film.
So what was that all about?By a customer , 06 Jan 2012The King was one of the most difficult movies that I've had the misfortine to sit through. Potentially, it showed real promise but the viewer had to suffer long periods of inactivity and the ending ... well ... what ending!
I'm sorry but James Marsh needs to go back to school to learn how to direct. The storyline showed promise but the viewer ended up with several incidents that just about linked themselves together to bumble along to no real conclusion.
Regretfully I cannot recommend this film. I would even go on to say that my rating of 1½ stars might be giving credit where it isn't due!
confused the heck out of me!By blackgal (211 reviews) from Worksop , 31 Oct 2010This could've been so much better if the storyline was explored more and the ending was decent but hey ho, never mind! I would not recommend this film!
Didn't get itBy harryeve (80 reviews) from suffolk , 17 Oct 2010The trailer made this film look much better than it was. I found it very slow and the only reason I didn't turn it off was because I kept waiting for it to get better, for that some thing to happen.For me nothing happened and I didnt think it was that good or gripping.