American Airlines Gala
David Michôd explores a different kind of animal kingdom, with Timothée Chalamet starring in this stunning, visceral portrait of Henry V.
Dir David Michôd
Prod David Michôd, Joel Edgerton, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Liz Watts
Scr Joel Edgerton, David Michôd
With Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp
UK Distribution Netflix
The startling transformation undertaken by Hal in Shakespeare’s Henriad series, from the fun-loving prince into the all-powerful monarch, is one of literature’s most acute character studies. Here, David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) and co-screenwriter and star Joel Edgerton adapt those texts to explore how a reluctant monarch took the crown, and found himself embroiled in the very same wars he despised his father for. It finds Chalamet displaying his range and versatility, and he perfectly captures both the charm and recklessness of the youthful prince and the steely authoritarianism of a king in the making. Edgerton, as gifted and versatile an actor as he is a writer, makes a particularly soulful, tragic-heroic John Falstaff. Bloody, potent, rousing, this is a full-bodied adaptation of Shakespeare’s text, with David Michôd again collaborating with cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, who is as much at home photographing the intimacy of a rare trusted confidence in a royal court of vipers as he is depicting the awesome scale of a bruising grand battle. Supporting cast are excellent all around, not least Lily-Rose Depp as Catherine, future Queen of England, Ben Mendelsohn as Henry IV and Robert Pattinson as a particularly spicy Dauphin, heir to the French throne.
This is a 18+ screening.