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A wide-ranging, energetic period piece tracing the rise of the Protestant Henry of Navarre as he goes from battlefield warrior to France's beloved King Henri IV. Director Jo Baier's epic is ... Read allA wide-ranging, energetic period piece tracing the rise of the Protestant Henry of Navarre as he goes from battlefield warrior to France's beloved King Henri IV. Director Jo Baier's epic is a classically-entertaining adventure, albeit one with much bloodshed and frequent bawdy se... Read allA wide-ranging, energetic period piece tracing the rise of the Protestant Henry of Navarre as he goes from battlefield warrior to France's beloved King Henri IV. Director Jo Baier's epic is a classically-entertaining adventure, albeit one with much bloodshed and frequent bawdy sexual interludes. In late-16th-century France, Catholics and Protestant Huguenots are at wa... Read all
Porn in a historical setting or "Game of Thrones" at minimum salaries
Historical drama. Lousy film adaptation of two novels by German writer Heinrich Mann "The Young Years of King Henry IV" and "The Mature Years of King Henry IV". I wanted to see this creation three years ago, but the circumstances were against it, and not in vain, I can tell you with a clear conscience. But now I saw this product of European production, and is full of anger from this circumstance. Therefore, here is my brief opinion - Porn in a historical setting. Despite my anger, I intend to note not only the minuses of this creation, but also a few pluses, which were also found, which is surprising. Now let me finish with the introductory part and get down to the point. So the pros: 1. An interesting topic - the life and circumstances of the death of the French king Henry the Fourth of Navarre arouse keen interest even five hundred years after his reign. A difficult fate, the undercover intrigues of the Parisian court and the leading powers of Europe, a country torn apart by religious contradictions that cannot be resolved by the world, and against this background the personality of Henry, who in a short time was able to achieve peace and prosperity for France, although in the end he paid for it is a high price. What an interesting idea, but the implementation couldn't be worse. All potential and good points merged mercilessly. 2. Costumes - what not to find fault with in this creation, so it is the costumes, because they look authentic to this historical era, and do not cause any complaints. The dressers obviously knew their stuff. 3. Music - the great and terrible Hans Zimmer was responsible for it here, together with an assistant who wrote good and high-quality music for this creation, which creates the right atmosphere and allows you to feel the whole drama of some moments. Another people who approached their business well. This is where the pros are over, now we turn to the bad and very annoying. So the cons: 1. Porn - forgive me, of course, but I wanted to see a historical drama about an important and dramatic period in French history, not a porno in a historical setting with a zeal for the budget "Game of Thrones". Such hack when shooting erotica, no, it's not even erotica, it's natural porn, I haven't seen it for a long time. Why are these scenes needed? Do we not know and do not understand where children come from? This creation has an age limit of "18+". The hack is hack. Filmed and staged these scenes are simply disgusting, and cause a gag reflex. If these scenes were not here, then this creation could be watched, and so - a disgrace. 2. Circus with horses - sometimes, when watching, he beat himself on the head with his palm because of such delirium and natural circus that the heroes of this creation did. It seems that we are facing a serious movie about dramatic events in the history of an entire country, and not "Pirates of the Caribbean", where a circus was announced and turned out to be a circus. This not only knocks out of the atmosphere, but also hits the perception of this creation. 3. Acting game - everyone who was in the frame, from kings to extras from extras for battles, worked as a log. Emotions? Reincarnation? Entering the image? Who invented such nonsense? Let's dress up the actors in historical costumes, write banal dialogues and put them in the frame. What could go wrong? Why such disregard for the viewer? 4. Boredom - there is dynamics, there are battle scenes, there are no charismatic heroes and I don't want to empathize with anyone, because they don't cling to anything. The movie is boring to watch, even for history buffs like me. I kept wondering how the murder of the king and its main reason would be played out, because there was no investigation and it still remains a mystery. As a result - banality and therefore - the boring of this creation, which is a pity. 5. Expectations - a large budget, several countries, and without the participation of Hollywood, an interesting topic, and as a result - below the plinth, against which any historical drama looks like a masterpiece, even the most average one. I expected to see a good and strong European cinema, but received not watchable garbage, which is a pity for the time spent. A little about the main characters: 1. Henry of Navarre, played by Julien Boisselier, is a young heir to the Kingdom of Navarre, who is destined to become the future king of France and bring peace and harmony to it for many years. We watch him from an early age to a fatal murder. Shown as a clown, although sometimes a sane person. 2. Margot performed by Armel Deutsch is a princess of the Valois family and the daughter of Catherine de Medici, who became Henry's wife, although their marriage cannot be called happy. Passionate, flighty, stupid and inconsistent. Although she is very red dress. I am sure that everything in the books was much more interesting, and I will try to read it. I hope that we will still see a worthy film adaptation of Heinrich Mann, and even though from our filmmakers (with "Queen Margot" it worked out!), Let this creation go to the dustbin of cinema with just censure! As a result, we have a bad historical drama based on a powerful source, with a bad and boring script, all-encompassing vulgarity, good music and costumes, and disgusting acting. Shame and censure! My rating is 4 out of 10 and I do not recommend this picture for viewing!
- Feb 6, 2021
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