The Lost King
The Lost King (2022)
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The Lost King (2022) – A Stephen Frears Movie – Review

The Lost King is directed by Stephen Frears, starring Sally Hawkins and Steve Coogan.

Based on a true story.

Premise

Philippa takes an interest in the story of Richard III after going to see the performance of the Shakespeare play. As an amateur historian she defies the academic establishment in her efforts to find King’s remains, which were lost for over 500 years.

The Lost King (2022)

Movie Review

A movie that has three good reasons to give it a go: Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan and Stephen Frears. We do warn you though, that only one of them has managed to impress us, in a movie that all in all, is neither impressive nor surprising, with a story that could very well have made better use of the various possibilities that this curious true story it is based on holds, eccentric in its essence, and that in its cinematic formulation, strikes us as insipid, suffering from unused potential.

The Lost King (2022)

‘The Lost King’ is a feature that has been created to escape the Shakespearean precepts (that is obvious) and yet, drowns in the quotidian when, deep down, it is begging to evade just that. This is a story that asks for cheer and becomes sad; a story that is born old and tired and whose director, unfortunately, has not managed to lift it out of its sarcophagus, but rather sinks it further down in tired formality.

The story of Philippa Langley has much more to offer (an amateur historian, divorced and with children), and it is in fact only Sally Hawkin’s work that manages to convince in this movie.

Our Opinion

Bound in all its formality, it fails to make good use of the story.

Director

Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears

Stephen Arthur Frears (born 20 June 1941) is an English director and producer. He has directed numerous acclaimed films since the early 1980s, including My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), The Grifters (1990), High Fidelity (2000), The Queen (2006), Philomena (2013), Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), and Victoria & Abdul (2017). He has received two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Director. Read More

Cast


Sally Hawkins / Philippa Langley

Steve Coogan / John Langley

Harry Lloyd / Richard III

Mark Addy / Richard Buckley

James Fleet / John Ashdown-Hill

Lee Ingleby / Richard Taylor

Amanda Abbington / Sarah Levitt

Lewis Macleod
Allion Peebles
Sinead MacInnes

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The Lost King (2022)
The Lost King

Movie title: The Lost King

Movie description: Philippa takes an interest in the story of Richard III after going to see the performance of the Shakespeare play. As an amateur historian she defies the academic establishment in her efforts to find King's remains, which were lost for over 500 years.

Date published: November 8, 2022

Country: Reino Unido

Duration: 1h 48m

Author: Martin Cid

Director(s): Stephen Frears

Actor(s): Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan, James Fleet, Sinead MacInnes, John-Paul Hurley, Jessica Hardwick, Phoebe Pryce

Genre: Drama

Our Opinion

Bound in all its formality, it fails to make good use of the story.

Overall
3

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