*Movie Recap: The King

The King is simply a beautifully made historical medieval drama that diverges from history. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry IV-V, Henriad plays, but with some slight twisting of the real story of Henry V just a wee bit. Directed by David Michod (Animal Kingdom, War Machine) and produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company. Joel Edgerton wrote the screenplay along with David Michod. It is important to note that Edgerton played Henry V on stage during his early years while in drama school, so I’m sure this was a very special project and dear to Joel’s heart.

Timothee Chalamet-Prince Hal in the King.

The story starts with a young Henry, Prince of Wales (Hal, to his friends), Played By Timothee Chalamet. Prince Hal is utterly uninterested in royal life and wasting away, living a life of debauchery, with no real purpose or responsibilities. Hal’s father, King Henry IV (Ben Mendelsohn), is gravely ill and, at the same time battling dissension between the ranks of his noble allies. King Henry IV summons Hal to explain that the line of succession will skip him and go to the younger brother, Prince Thomas (Dean-Charles Thomas). Hal seems worried that his father’s squabbles will put the young Thomas in grave danger and tries to persuade Thomas into not fighting the King’s enemies. Thomas ignores Hal and proceeds to fight the King’s battles, which lead to his death. At this point, Hal has no choice but to reassume his role as the heir to the throne. At his death bed, King Henry IV tells Hal that he must be the next King. Hal seems ready to accept his destiny, and after his father’s death, Hal becomes King Henry V.

Robert Pattison-The Dauphin of France in The King.

The transformation of Hal into King Henry V is instant. His demeanor, body language, and even his bowl haircut elevate the young King’s royal appearance. Chalamet delivers a commanding performance throughout the entire movie. The King continues to move at a fast and steady pace, along with some well written and beautiful dialogue. Robert Pattison is excellent at playing the Dauphin of France as the main antagonist of this movie. The Dauphin’s character had a slimy, sinister feel, almost vampire-like, which Pattison captured well. Joel Edgerton, as the fictitious Sir John Falstaff, had some of the best dialogue in the movie, and he seemed very comfortable in this role. Sean Harris plays Sir William Gascoigne-Chief Justice of England for King Henry IV. I’ve been a fan of Sean’s work ever since I first got the chance to watch him in The Borgias. Harris has always shown to have a strong screen presence in just about all of his work, and once again, he is incredible here. Lily-Rose Depp is a scene-stealer towards the end of the movie; she plays French Princess Catherine, daughter of King Charles VI of France. Depp’s French and English dialogue is beautifully delivered as she confronts Henry into reflecting on the manipulation of his reign as King and who truly benefits from waging war with France.

The King is big-time filmmaking that deserved more time on the big screen. The special effects are well done; they feel natural. You know there are some scenes that cannot be real, but the usage of special effects is well-executed, and they blend well with the cinematography, especially in the battle of Agincourt.

Battle scenes shot from a human eye level, which allows the audience to follow the narrative through, and follow the characters as they fight their way through. The brutality of the battles, even the one on one sword fighting scenes felt natural, raw, and real. The movie, as a whole, never felt slow, and I was left wanting more.

Four out of Five Popcorn Bags 🍿🍿🍿🍿

The King (2019, Streaming on Netflix)

*Redskins 2019 Season Wrap up and Super Bowl Recap

Well, the NFL Football season has come to an end, and it is time to wrap up the Redskins 2019 season. All I can say is that the future of our team depends on what happens with the quarterback position next season. Dwayne Haskins’s development going forward is the critical factor here. Alex Smith is still out there recovering, making public statements about playing again. Plus, there are a bunch of questions surrounding this team. 

1-Dwayne Haskins will have to beat out Smith for the starting job?

If Alex Smith is healthy, of course. There should be a quarterback competition in training camp and Haskins will have to earn the starting job.

2-Will they trade away the number 2 pick for a bunch of picks? Or Are they all in on Chase Young? 

They should be all in on Chase Young. Our defense will be elite with Young in the roster. We are a few pieces away from becoming elite.

3- Figure out the Trent Williams situation.

Get him back at all costs. It’s a no brainer, Trent is probably the best left tackle in all of football.

4- Re-sign Brandon Scherff.

An essential piece of our offensive line.

5- Keep Adrian Peterson. 

Peterson Has been the most consistent running back the last two seasons for the ‘skins. He is an excellent insurance policy in case Derrius Guice gets injured again. Even our young running backs have not produce like Peterson has produced the last two years.

6– Draft a Tight End or pick one up on Free agency.

Vernon Davis is retiring. Jordan Reed did not play for the entire season, so the new medical staff needs to evaluate him, and if he is not ready to contribute, they need to release him. We are going to need some experienced tight ends to come in and help immediately. Greg Olsen just became available, and I’m sure he would love to reunite with Rivera.

7-Release Josh Norman, or re-sign him at a lower price. 

I would be ok with Norman staying if he reconfigures his contract. I feel like he can still contribute with experience and leadership. Norman’s connection to Rivera is important, especially with understanding Rivera’s defensive schemes, but it was apparent early in the season that Norman was no longer an elite corner. 

All those questions will be at the very center of the entire fan base during this offseason. The next few months will be interesting to see how this new coaching staff prepares and approaches the upcoming NFL draft. It is a new era at Redskins park, not just a new coaching staff, but also a revamp of the front-office personnel, which is something previous coaching staffs like the Shanahan staff or the Gruden staff did not have. Both coaching regimes had to deal with the same fron-office politics and incompetence. Rivera will start things off with a clean slate. I’m beyond excited for what the future holds for my Redskins, a new era, and a new season starts now!!

Washington Redskins-2020 Stars Now.

SUPER BOWL GAME

Chiefs 31-49ers 20

It was 10-10 at halftime, and it looked like the 49ers running game was starting to suffocate the chiefs defense. By the end of the 3rd quarter, San Francisco was up 20-10 and seemed to be running away into victory. But for whatever reason, Kyle Shanahan got away from running the ball and put it all on Jimmy Garapolo’s hand, big mistake. Jimmy G failed to get anything going, he overthrew Emmanuel Sanders on a play where Sanders had outrun the Chiefs DBs for what should’ve been a runaway touchdown and at this point, it became evident that the momentum had entirely switched over to Kansas City. Pat Mahomes turned it on, and the Chiefs defense kept the pressure on, and it was basically all she wrote. And although, Mahomes made plays when it counted, still, he struggled to dominate like he did during the playoffs. The 49ers defense made things difficult for Mahomes. None of these two quarterbacks had a good game, but Mahomes was good in the 4th quarter when it mattered. Kansas City’s much-maligned defense put the 49ers away with pressure and interceptions. Steve Spagnuolo has now overseen two Super Bowl-winning defenses—very impressive. Andy Reid has finally won a Super Bowl, and Kansas City has their second Lombardi trophy after 50 years. 

All in all, it was a pretty good game. It was a great game to end the season. I have a feeling that these two franchises will be back contending for another Super Bowl next season. Look, San Francisco was the better team for sure, but the 49ers need to address Jimmy G’s future in this offense. Quarterback play made the difference here, especially towards the end of the game, and its clear Garappolo is the weakest link for San Francisco. Maybe they should cut him loose and pick some more experienced free-agent quarterback. Possibly Tom Brady could be an option. The Chiefs will continue to get better and better, but I believe the Raiders will be their biggest divisional foe in the years to come.  

Signing off my football blog until the Draft….

Kansas City Chiefs 2019 Super Bowl Champions.

*Movie Recap-EL CAMINO: A Breaking Bad Movie

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

I was a huge fan of Breaking Bad, so I was beyond excited for this movie. El Camino feels like an extended episode of the series, which is not a bad thing at all. However, It is not an easy movie to watch and to follow if you have not seen the TV series. But, if you have seen or were a fan of the show, then you will find this movie to be very entertaining and enjoyable. It is all about Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), and the immediate aftermath of the final episode of the show, so that is pretty cool on its own. Jesse gets a chance to reconnect through a series of flashbacks with some of our favorite characters from the show; there is a quick flashback scene with his girlfriend, Jane (Krysten Ritter). There is this cool scene with Mike at the beginning of the movie (Jonathan Banks) and a compelling and somewhat bleak scene with Walter White (Bryan Cranston).

We get to spend a considerable amount of time with the derange and psychotic Todd (Jesse Plemons), where Jesse is forced to assist Todd in disposing of a dead body. We also get to see the likable duo of Skinny Pete and Badger (Charles baker & Matt Jones). And of course, we have Robert Forster making his final on-screen appearance playing Ed, the new identity and relocation expert from Breaking Bad’s last season. Here we get the chance to know this mysterious character a little better; we get to see him running his vacuum repair store, while at the same time operating his relocation services for the criminal underworld.

There are many moving parts in this movie for die-hard Breaking Bad fans to enjoy, and all in all, this is a fun movie to watch, especially if you are a fan of the show.

Three out of Five Popcorn Bags. 🍿🍿🍿

EL CAMINO: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019, Streaming on Netflix)