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Watch Online National Theatre Live: King Lear

(354) 8.6 227 min 2018

National Theatre Live: King Lear is a movie starring Ian McKellen, Sinéad Cusack, and Danny Webb. Two aging fathers - one a King, one his courtier - reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of...

Kirsty Bushell, Danny Webb, Sinéad Cusack, Ian McKellen
Jonathan Munby

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Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Drama
Director Jonathan Munby
Writer William Shakespeare
Stars Kirsty Bushell, Danny Webb, Sinéad Cusack, Ian McKellen
Country UK
Also Known As ナショナル・シアター・ライヴ 2019 「リア王」, National Theatre Live: Król Lear
Runtime 3H 47M
Description Two aging fathers - one a King, one his courtier - reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, and their worlds crumble. Tender, violent, moving, and shocking, King Lear is considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written. This will be an explosive, charged and contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's epic masterpiece in the intimate setting of the Minerva Theatre.

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Sunday, 13 Sep 2020 14:25

If this film is one of those films which is not exactly what it claims to be, the film is still worthwhile. It's good. What is not good is the film's central argument, which is that we're not all that we think we are. It's not just the character in question who makes the claim. It's the author of the text. I've read Shakespeare's plays and they have a certain self-consciousness about them. The characters aren't really all that interesting or funny. The voice is, which I guess isn't much of a problem. The problem is that these characters are not really any more interesting than any of the other characters in Shakespeare's plays. If anything, the characters are worse than the other characters. They're not funny or interesting. They're boring and monotonous. They're boring because we've seen them many times before. The texts they come from and the things they say are the same. They have the same mannerisms. They're also boring because we know exactly what they're going to say next. And this is the core of the problem. We know that this text is supposed to be funny and interesting and we expect a few moments of funny and interesting. But we have to wait. The other problems are that the film is at the same time too long and too shallow. The film is too long because it is trying to show us the text, but it is too shallow because we have to wait for what we expect to see in a couple of minutes, then nothing. It's a film where there are no surprises. It has a lot of great moments, but those moments are few and far between. It is also a film where the whole thing is very highly stylised. I like a lot of Shakespeare. I love him in particular. I love the stories of Lear and Scipio. I love the way they were presented in the plays. But I also like the way that the stories are told in the plays. So it's not that I'm just interested in things being stylised. I also like that in these texts there is a certain rigidity about the way things are presented and the way things are said. There is a certain message, a certain point of view, a certain way of doing things. And I like that. But I also like that these texts are always so different to one another. So what we're seeing here is a man who is willing to throw away all that rigidity in the text and to make this text very different. So in a sense it is the text that is different, not the character. But that's still the problem. There are some wonderful moments in the film, but it's not that the film is unique in its style. I really love the film's style. The movie does a very good job of saying something important about Shakespeare. I also really like the performances. I think that the actors did a good job of portraying the characters. I think that William Paley is a great director. I really do. And I think that Mr. Paley did a good job of making a very interesting film, even though it isn't unique. It's very stylish. It's very stylised. But it's also very shallow and is very
Thursday, 06 Aug 2020 02:59

I don't know how many times I've heard the movie, but the whole play still makes me smile. When I first saw it, it was my favorite play of Shakespeare. Now, I am tempted to see it again, just to see how much I have grown as an audience and as a person. Yes, it is all about the battle between Lear and his enemies. Yes, it is all about love and forgiveness and the tragedy of the will to survive. It is all of those things and so much more. And it is beautifully written and acted by the actors. The only flaw of this movie is that it seems to be running out of time. I was almost starting to feel sleepy, but it just seemed that way. And sometimes it was too slow. It felt like it was dragging on and on, and there was something missing from the plot. But that is just my opinion. I do have a problem with movies that end too soon, like the Godfather, which just happens to be a great movie. I was almost asleep at the end, and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. But I was probably watching it a little too fast, as the movie seemed to go on forever. And maybe that is what is wrong with this movie. It seems like it was written too quickly. I understand why it was rushed, but I don't like to rush a movie because it is about Shakespeare, and it was meant to be fast paced. But it was worth it. I do know that I would watch it again. I don't think it would make me forget about the play or the actors, because I know that Lear is Shakespeare. I would also watch it again to see how it has evolved from the play. And maybe I would be the only one who enjoyed it. All in all, I would say that this is a really great movie, which is still very enjoyable, even after all these years. A lot of people have complained about the music, and I would agree with them. I feel that most of the songs were good, and some were really good, like the theme from Macbeth. And when you are singing, you forget about all the music. But it was a great movie for the music alone. 7/10

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