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The trailer for The King is out!
On a personal note, I never heard about this movie before the trailer out. It caught me completely off guard. So imagine my surprise last night when I see the trailer show up in my Youtube feed. Of course, since it stars Oscar-nominated Timothée Chalamet and he’s getting all the good movies, I checked it out.
Then I realized that this is based on a Shakespearean play. Doing some research, I realized this adaptation, written by Joel Edgerton and David Michôd, is based on three Shakespearean plays: Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V.
I understand there might be a few of you out there who don’t know what these plays are about. Maybe you can’t stand the Shakespearean language, maybe you can’t stand reading plays and would rather watch them. Maybe you just don’t have time to check out three two-hour plays. Thus, I will be your Shakespearean scribe and give you the rundown on these plays.
We got King Henry IV, who is, well, having some personal trouble. He feels guilty about the removal of King Richard II, his predecessor, and it troubles his conscience. In addition, he is increasingly at odds with the Percy family, who helped him to his throne, and Edmund Mortimer, the Earl of March and Richard II’s chosen heir.
But his biggest problem is with his son, Hal. Prince Hal should be learning how to be a Prince, but would rather whore in a tavern than be King. Plus, his closest friend and drinking buddy is Sir John Falstaff. Fat, old, drunk, and a tad shady, Falstaff has enticed the young prince to live in the moment.
Then a civil war breaks out and is spearheaded by the Percy family. Their star prince-to-be is Hotspur. Perfect in every way, he’s also the opposite of Hal in every way.
Thus, Hal is called out for the war effort; he is the Prince after all. He leaves Falstaff and the tavern and, after some time, steps up and not only kills Hotspur, but displays his kingly mercy when he orders his enemy, the valiant Douglas, to be set free.
But when Hal comes home, he returns to his old ways with Falstaff back at the tavern. But things are the way they should be, because the war hasn’t stopped. Now the king’s forces must deal with the Archbishop of York, who has joined with Northumberland, and with the forces of Mortimer and Glendower.
Alternating scenes between bawdy tavern and regal court, Shakespeare shows tension on all sides. There’s a new rebellion within the State, and Falstaff is against the maturing of Prince Hal. It’s both a drama and a comedy at the same time, utilizing both of Shakespeare’s strengths.
Prince Hal is pulled towards the regal court and Falstaff tries to prevent him from becoming king during his time in the tavern. He doesn’t want Hal to be killed, he’s not even a patriotic member of the rebellion, he just wants his friend back.
When the two storylines finally meet, Prince Hal has learned that his dad is dying and he must choose between a ruler’s solemn duty and his friend. What’s going to happen?
Prince Hal banishes Falstaff. When his dad dies, Prince Hal takes the crown and becomes, finally, King Henry IV. But before he dies, dad gives Hal some advice: War makes people patriotic.
Thus, Henry IV decides to declare war to solidify his rule and make people love him…
Henry IV wants to declare war and he is ‘persuaded’ that via his ancestry, he is the rightful heir to the French throne. He demands this to happen, but the French Dauphin, son of King Charles VI, answers Henry’s claims with an insulting gift of, “tennis balls, my liege.”
Henry IV, well, he goes full tyrant-hero. He slaughters the spies in his inner circle, gets an enemy to surrender thanks to a rousing speech, kills a friend from his youth to make a point in a publicity stunt, rallies his soldiers, disguises himself to spy on his soldiers so he can rally them even on the day right before the battle, murders his enemies, and gets a wife in exchange for peace.
Having won everything he ever wanted, he dies and gives the throne to his son. Also Falstaff dies off-screen.
Of course the story goes on from here, in fact Henry IV Part 1 is the second play in Shakespeare’s dramatization of War of the Roses (the ongoing conflict that The Song of Ice and Fire is based on).
It’s a lot of play and, when properly staged, these three plays back-to-back can easily run six hours. Thus, to make all of them into one movie they’d have to be cut down unless you want to have The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The source material has to be cut, and reportedly The King will have a run-time of two hours and thirteen minutes.
Right now we know this:
Timothée Chalamet will portray King Henry V.
Joel Edgerton will portray Falstaff.
Robert Pattinson will portray The Dauphin.
Ben Mendelsohn will portray King Henry IV.
What will they keep? What will they cut?
To know for sure, we’ll have to check out the movie either during its limited release on October 2019 or when it’s released on Netflix November 1st. Could this movie be the next Roma? Is it an Oscar contender?
Maybe because, let’s face it, this trailer makes the movie look pretty great.
In the meantime we can also watch this video Timothée Chalamet did in high school.
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Shakespeare’s plays are whackier and whackier the more you read. Confusion, dirty jokes, and some pretty unbelievable things happening at sea. So many things are just begging to be memed. It’s a shame memes weren’t even invented until four hundred years after his death. At least we can give his works the meming they deserve retroactively.
What an icon. Shakespeare invented countless words, including the word countless. But let’s get to plot nonsense.
I confess, my love of hamlet shows a little here, but who can blame me? There’s a reason it’s so widely read. Plus, Hamlet himself is such an incredibly quotable character, who wouldn’t make a meme? Like his most famous line.
But it’s not just the things he says when he’s alone and feeling emo. Hamlet comes face to face with almost everyone in the play, in a way that changes it around him, even when he’s not staging mini murder plays.
I think we can all agree Ophelia deserved better. Who does he think he is, a prince? He-hem. Usually tossing a girl around a room (in some adaptations) is not the way to her heart. But you know what’s actually a worse seduction tactic?
Yikes. That’s one way to get her alone. Not one I can condone, though. Alright, enough about Denmark. We could go on like this forever.
Let’s talk about history. No, it’s not the picture of an impaled bottle of Caesar salad dressing, as iconic as that is. It’s not the only Julius Caesar meme.
What happens when you kill the one fun friend? Then again, I guess all getting together to stab someone could be considered a party of sorts. It’s certainly one way to bond with your coworkers. Work outing? Tried it and I CANNOT recommend.
I had to include a Much Ado About Nothing meme, because it’s my all time fave, and this is my favorite adaptation. Plus, just about every character is an absolute meme, start to finish.
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If you’re anything like me, SparkNotes has always been there when you need it. Now, they’re not only helping you pass your classes, but also serving you the spiciest of literature memes. They’re all pure gold, but here are just a few.
Unfortunately there’s no third option, so if you want to set the Minotaur up on a blind date with your friend, you’re kind of out of luck. Otherwise, you’re good though. What color do your sails need to be if you didn’t slay the Minotaur but you’re seeing it this Friday?
I mean, he’s already in love with her by that point, but you get the idea. He’s always talking about how mean she is, and then boom, marry me! Of course, the same could be said of her. What a stressful ship. Still though, you know, I’m on it.
Curiosity may not have killed the cat, but it sure killed Dorian Gray. Still, he lived a while looking fresh and evil in stead of old and evil, so if you’ve got the attic space, why not? In this economy though? The thing’s going under the bed.
Sure, you might not be the most conventionally attractive, but your secret underground hideaway is second to none, and isn’t it what’s on the inside that matters? What’s under the surface? (What’s directly under the opera house?)
Maybe not as relatable as the original video, but definitely a strong mood, and just as futile. The body stays right under the floorboards after all. If only there’d been seashells on the doorknobs, maybe things would have gone better.
Don’t look back in anger (or at all). Going to the depths of hell is a nice gesture, and who doesn’t like musicians, but you’ve gotta stick the landing by actually fulfilling the deal. Just one opinion, but if both of you don’t come back alive, that’s a bad date.
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Everyone likes an adaptation, and sometimes the best adaptations are underground. Here are seven picks from YouTube, perfect for marathoning, all based on classic novels and set in the modern era. No matter whether you’re a fan of Jane Austin, William Shakespeare, or Charlotte Bronte, there’s something for every classic book lover. Watch away!
If you like Much Ado About Nothing, get ready for Nothing Much to Do, an adaptation from New Zealand in vlog format, this time set at Messina High. All the accusations, the threats, and a few serenades on ukulele, this modern adaptation has all the humor and hatred you love, while also featuring a plastic flamingo. A must watch.
Based on Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare
Fans of Jane Eyre will appreciate the tragedy and measured pace of Autobiography of Jane Eyre. Filmed as a video diary, this series follows nursing student Jane as she leaves school, becomes a governess, and falls for the master of the house. Covering all the original beats of the story with inventiveness and heart, it has all the Gothic appeal of the original. Plus Adele is cute.
Based on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A classic, and for good reason. Thorough plotting, well paced character development, and silly costumes make this series compulsively watchable. Elizabeth is very much herself, lovable, judgmental, caring—Jane is sweet and decisive, Kitty is an actual cat, and Lydia is gleeful and wild. Set in California, Lizzie is a grad student with no interest in marriage—much to her mother’s chagrin.
Based on Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin
Seriously, this web series is good. I’m not joking. You might say I’m Earnest, but honestly, who isn’t? Oscar Wilde’s classic is reimagined probably exactly as he would have wanted it—with everyone confused and overdressed. At just fifty episodes, it’s an excellent binge watch, and relatable, at least if you’ve ever wondered how to propose to someone you’ve given a false name.
Based on The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
In this adaptation, Emma runs a PR firm with her brother-in-law, George Knightly. Some great parties, some terrible decisions, and outrageous confidence make this a fun and lighthearted series, despite any low moments. Fans of Austin will be thrilled, and if you’re not yet obsessed, you will be.
Based on Emma by Jane Austin
If you can’t wait to return to Green Gables—or visit for the first time—Green Gables Fables is a delightful and heartwarming take on the classic story. Never discouraged, Anne’s passion and creativity make this series sing, and even at one-hundred-fifty episodes (the longest on this list), it seems too short.
Based on Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
This adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy may have slightly less murder, but it has just as much tragedy as the original. The clash between two warring fraternities reaches new heights. Even with a lower mortality rate, this is still a tear jerker, so be warned. It’s also the shortest series on this list, with only twenty-one episodes.
Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
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