The 76th Venice Film Festival saw the world premiere of David Michôd‘s “The King,” where Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet reportedly turns in a great performance as King Henry V.
Michôd’s “The King” world premiered in Venice out of competition Monday morning and first reactions are praising both Chalamet and Robert Pattinson, two actors who continue to push themselves with nearly every role. The film, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” follows Hal (Chalamet), a prince reluctant to take the English throne. After his father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and must rely on his close confidants to navigate the world of palace politics and the real world as king. Pattinson stars as the Dauphin of France, a character audiences are already taking notice of. The film also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Lily-Rose Depp, Sean Harris, Joel Edgerton and Thomasin McKenzie.
Michôd directs the period drama with a script he co-wrote with Edgerton, who wrote and directed last year’s “Boy Erased.” Chalamet stars as the titular young king, having recently been nominated in 2017 for his role in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name.” Chalamet stars in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming adaptation of “Little Women.” The role may or may not keep Chalamet’s name in the awards discussion as Netflix try and vie for Oscar recognition.
Pattinson’s character reportedly doesn’t appear until after the first hour of the 133-minute film. Nonetheless, Michôd says he cast the actor to add a little bit of “razzle dazzle” to the story. His Dauphin, a formidable yet charming foe to Chalamet’s stone-cold Hal, apparently steals the scene as he is introduced, surprising the audience with his accent and onscreen presence. Pattinson is revered by many as one of the greatest actors of his generation, with roles like “Good Time” and “High Life” to show for. This sentiment is poised to hold up in “The King.”
First reactions out of Venice are seen via Twitter, with attendees taking high notice of the film’s performances and some finding the feature to be a standard period piece:
So glad I watched #TheKing on the big screen here at Venice. Such stunning acting, cinematography, story, sound design, everything… It deserves to be played in cinemas
— maria caruana galizia (@mariacargal) September 2, 2019
#TimotheeChalamet is SO good in #TheKing. His performance is surprisingly subtle for most of the film, but he remains magnetic throughout and this lends even more even power to an intense finale. Timmy stans will lose their minds. All hail the King! 🤴 pic.twitter.com/wsBLKVDLS6
— David Opie @ Venice Film Festival (@DavidOpie) September 2, 2019
#Venezia76 #TheKing All hail Michod, he knew what he was doing here. Chalamet starts pleasantly like Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette, then he brings shady sharpness to the role without losing that vibrant alien seductivity. Pattinson with his French debauchery is hilarious.
— Lorenzo Ciorcalo (@rotovisor) September 2, 2019
Well I had little to no expectations of #TheKing because period/war is not my genre but I was hugely surprised and @RealChalamet did an incredible job. A couple of moments out of the accent but other than that a really powerful performance, one of his best.
— Billie Melissa (@billiemelissa_) September 2, 2019
The King was good. Timothee Chalamet stays just the right side of Joffrey and is actually a pretty convincing and *hot* knight. Robert Pattinson got a few laughs as a creepy French prince. All pretty conventional but fans will love it, I’m sure. #venezia76 pic.twitter.com/vZqdTUm7vj
— James Jones (@jamesjonesfilm) September 2, 2019
“The King” is produced by Plan B, Porchlight Films, Yoki, Blue-Tongue Films and Netflix Studios. Netflix will be distributing the film for a limited theatrical run October 11 before hitting streaming November 1.