7. “The King” (2019)
A large-budget, medieval war movie loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Henriad” and the historical events that inspired those plays, David Michôd’s “The King” is so eager to be a mud-and-guts epic about inherited violence and the corruption of power that it sometimes loses sight of the rich coming-of-age story at its core. But that only feels like such a loss because that core is composed of Timothée Chalamet as a soft prince who would rather sleep in his bed than sit on the throne, and Robert Pattinson as a hilariously sociopathic dauphin who looks like Klaus Kinski and talks like a castrated Pepé Le Pew. It’s a shame the movie doesn’t take full advantage of such a stacked deck, but Michôd excels whenever he brings the camera low to the ground, following the ever-eager Chalamet through an absolute shitstorm of sopping-wet Earth as Hal crawls toward his father’s dream. Few actors seem to want it worse than Chalamet, and the power of “The King” radiates from that powerful desire to go to hell and back in order to get the job done.
Available to stream November 1.