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Plot: An aging King invites disaster, when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters, and rejects his loving and honest one.
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Dividing the spoils
My word not many laughs in King Lear. My son who fancied a bit of Shakespeare got put off by the eye gouging scene of Gloucester. He went off to watch a James Bond movie, Spectre I think!
Richard Eyre who worked with Anthony Hopkins in the film version of The Dresser, reunited with him again as Eyre adapts and directs the film version of King Lear.
The setting is modern day Britain as a military dictatorship.
The ageing Lear has gathered his family to divide up his kingdom in what proves to be unwise. One part to his daughter Goneril (Emma Thompson), the other to Regan (Emily Watson) and the remainder would had gone to Cordelia (Florence Pugh) until she fails to show her father enough devotion and flattery. She is disinherited and banished.
The declaration of love and devotion from Goneril and Regan are false. The autocrat is usurped from his power by two of his offspring with Cordelia who was the only daughter true to him. Lear descends into madness.
Eyre has wisely cut the text down so the running length is less than two hours but I still found the play dense and also at times choppy. I liked some of the updates. Edgar and Edmund’s battle is a mixed martial arts contest. Lear walks around the shopping precinct, homeless and pathetically pushing a shopping trolley with rubbish.
Hopkins, maybe due to his Celtic temperament delivers a shouty performance. A man in rage and also pathetic as he is played like a puppet on a string by Goneril and Regan.
This Lear is wonderfully filmed, the picture gets desaturated as the story gets bleaker by the end.
Tragedy at its best.
There are so many heart-breaking moments in this story and all of them beautifully acted. I alternately loved and hated almost all the characters at different points. Casting John Macmillan as Edmund was brilliant. From a 21st-century perspective illegitimacy doesn’t seem that big a deal, but I know biracial people who have suffered within their families. I felt for Macmillan’s Edmund from the first moment he had to stand there and “take it,” and because of my feelng for him his dissent was so painful to watch.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 55 min (115 min)
Director Richard Eyre
Writer Richard Eyre, William Shakespeare
Actors Jim Broadbent, Jim Carter, Tobias Menzies
Country United Kingdom, United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. 1 win & 17 nominations total
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Sound Mix Stereo
Aspect Ratio 16:9 HD
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