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    Medieval mayhem: "The King" on Netflix

    Netflix has chosen to tackle England's Henry V for its next big medieval movie production, "The King, coming in the fall. Here's a trailer: it looks nice and gritty and I've spotted a great actor or two among the cast.
    I enjoyed Netflix's "Outlaw King" about Robert the Bruce (we had a lively thread on that here), and this new Hundred Years' War effort looks in the same vein. Just like Webb was with that thread, I'm unsure where to post this but I'm following his lead because everyone seemed happy.
    I wonder where Netflix might venture in future. I'd like Glyndŵr (Glendower), the Welsh hero but bet everyone here has ideas of their own. They claim they've based this one on Shakespeare, so I guess that's a selling point.
    It seems to me that the difficulty with national war heroes lies in not pissing off audiences from the once-opposing side and just telling it all honestly.
    Anyway, good that I can see plenty of fire in the trailer given King Hal's real-life line: "War without fire is like sausages without mustard." I hope they've got that gem in...
    Last edited by JonikW; 08-29-2019 at 05:23 PM. Reason: Added Shakespeare
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    I like hot mustard with my sausages, but as long as I have beer and sausages, I don't need anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    I like hot mustard with my sausages, but as long as I have beer and sausages, I don't need anything else.
    That's my idea of a perfectly balanced diet too. Whoever first came up with that combo is right up there with whoever invented the wheel as one of history's lost geniuses. I'm sure it would have been a top choice for your average Medieval soldier as well. Something of a tactical advantage over a foe on pottage and water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    I like hot mustard with my sausages, but as long as I have beer and sausages, I don't need anything else.
    Quote Originally Posted by JonikW View Post
    That's my idea of a perfectly balanced diet too. Whoever first came up with that combo is right up there with whoever invented the wheel as one of history's lost geniuses. I'm sure it would have been a top choice for your average Medieval soldier as well. Something of a tactical advantage over a foe on pottage and water.

    You could call it the "Best Wurst Diet"
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonikW View Post
    Netflix has chosen to tackle England's Henry V for its next big medieval movie production, "The King, coming in the fall. Here's a trailer: it looks nice and gritty and I've spotted a great actor or two among the cast.
    I enjoyed Netflix's "Outlaw King" about Robert the Bruce (we had a lively thread on that here), and this new Hundred Years' War effort looks in the same vein. Just like Webb was with that thread, I'm unsure where to post this but I'm following his lead because everyone seemed happy.
    I wonder where Netflix might venture in future. I'd like Glyndŵr (Glendower), the Welsh hero but bet everyone here has ideas of their own. They claim they've based this one on Shakespeare, so I guess that's a selling point.
    It seems to me that the difficulty with national war heroes lies in not pissing off audiences from the once-opposing side and just telling it all honestly.
    Anyway, good that I can see plenty of fire in the trailer given King Hal's real-life line: "War without fire is like sausages without mustard." I hope they've got that gem in...
    If someone made a movie about Owain Glyndwr, I would most definitely watch it. Even if it was horrible and the actors were horrible, and the plot was horrible, I would still watch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webb View Post
    If someone made a movie about Owain Glyndwr, I would most definitely watch it. Even if it was horrible and the actors were horrible, and the plot was horrible, I would still watch it.
    I'm surprised Mel Gibson hasn't done one on Owain Glyndwr yet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    I'm surprised Mel Gibson hasn't done one on Owain Glyndwr yet.

    Don't give him any ideas!

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    I just watched this tonight. Beginning with my quibbles: I'd have liked to have seen Hal drawing on Shakespeare's speech before the battle; the archers' role was downgraded based on what we know of the facts; I've been to Agincourt and it's flat so I struggled a bit with the scenery. On the plus side: some great acting, wonderful costumes and scenes and unexpectedly thought-provoking themes. I liked this as much as Netflix's version of the Bruce and hope to see a lot more in the genre from them in future. As in the Bruce, the ecclesiastical costumes and paraphernalia were a highlight for me. Very well handled overall and the lad who played the king himself was pretty compelling in the role.
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