Oh - and why did the women run around in bralettes and bikinis, while the men were fully clothed - except TJ Miller's tattooed torso? (Hey, let's give credit where credit's due - TJ obviously worked out to prep for this roe!)
The King is a beautiful movie, and the story of King Henry V is great history. You couldn't ask for a better story and this movie does it justice.
Excellent cast (Chalamet, all grown up! Lily-Rose Depp, all grown up!), particularly the movie's writer and producer, Joel Edgerton, as Falstaff. Falstaff is not a historical character but a composition of several historical characters. (Yeah, he's Shakespeare's recurring favorite, along with his goat as incarnated in Henry VI's John Falstolf, who WAS a historical character). Everyone was just great, including Robert Pattinson as the doofus Dauphin. And Sean Harris, who is never not great.
This isn't Henry's entire life story, just the highlights. Loved it.
Henry VI parts I-III, followed by Richard III, are extraordinarily good plays by some guy named Shakespeare (hope I spelled his name right.)
I watch the BBC version from the early eighties over and over - ambition, lust, romance, heroism - these plays have it all, and this production is just great.
My only beef, and it's a trivial one because I am a shallow person, is in the casting of Elizabeth Woodville. Nothing wrong with the acting - it's just that Woodville was a great beauty, "the most beautiful woman in the Island of Britain." And the actress playing her, isn't.
But never mind that. It's a great set of plays. Watch it.
Keith Michell was perfect as Henry. This is a pretty darn good film about the most recognizable English monarch, although only terrible prints of it are available now. (Hint, hint - there's a restoration opportunity for the BBC or Acorn or SOMEBODY, if only they would take it.)
I will echo that this series is a classic. (I wish I could find it on DVD at a price I can afford! Guess I'll start saving my pennies.)
As we know, the topic is the English Civil War, told through the eyes of the members of a noble(?) house divided among Royalists and Parliamentarians, with almost no one getting a happy ending.
The cast is top notch, the writing is great, and the costumes are superb. Hair is on point for the period (for the women, anyhow - some of the men have eighties hair).
The choreography for the sword fights is astonishing (astonishing!), as is the staging for the battle scenes. All before CGI, folks! (Furthermore - at least one important cast member made it to an equally important role on CGI-fest Game of Thrones.)
The only not-so-great aspect of this great series is the music - aspirational faux-cavalier composition that detracts from this fabulous show. Again, very of-the-eighties.