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King Lear (2018)

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An aging King invites disaster, when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters, and rejects his loving and honest one.

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writers:

Richard Eyre (adapted by), William Shakespeare (based on a play by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Broadbent ... Earl of Gloucester
Jim Carter ... Earl of Kent
Tobias Menzies ... Duke of Cornwall
Emily Watson ... Regan
John Macmillan ... Edmund
Florence Pugh ... Cordelia
Emma Thompson ... Goneril
Anthony Calf ... Duke of Albany
Anthony Hopkins ... Lear
Simon Manyonda ... Duke of Burgundy
Chukwudi Iwuji ... King of France
Karl Johnson ... Fool
Samuel Valentine Samuel Valentine ... Lear's Gentleman
Andrew Scott ... Edgar
Christopher Eccleston ... Oswald
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An aging King invites disaster, when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters, and rejects his loving and honest one.

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Drama | History

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Writer and Director Richard Eyre said that this movie's subtitle, if it had one, would have been "Being Human". See more »

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He's off his rocker & reach for a cushion!
29 May 2018 | by wentworthstreetSee all my reviews

First of all, I LOVE Sir Anthony Hopkins. He is unquestionably one of the greatest actors working today. However, I am not entirely sure that a TV adaptation of King Lear suited him. His scenes of quietly controlled fury were utterly devastating and mesmerising. Unfortunately, his portrayal of madness contained too little light and shade and was mainly an unending tirade of poorly enunciated shouting which made the text extremely hard to follow.

I didn't care for the uneven, choppy direction and the gloomy cinematography, nor the wearying desire of Richard Eyre to push his personal, clumsily executed political points about immigrants and war.

On the plus side, Emma Thompson and Emily Watson are on majestic form as Goneril and Regan and show why they are, without question, two of our finest actresses. Thompson even manages to elicit some sympathy as a woman competely at the end of her tether with her increasingly belligerent and uncaring father.

Other notable performances are Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Cornwall who seems to have developed something of a niche for playing sexy, sadistic psychopaths. Christopher Eccleston, not usually associated with comedy, is also eye-catching as a very amusing and camp Oswald.

Finally, THAT scene with the Earl of Gloucester (Jim Broadbent) will have you reaching for a cushion to hid behind. Doctor Who was never this graphic!


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