Welcome back to Movienewshub.com. Today I will show you a war film from 2019 titled The King.Young Drunk Becomes King And Immediately Unleashes a War Spoilers ahead, watch out and take care. It’s the early 15th century in English Knight Henry Percy, better known as Hotspur, is leading the rebellious March against the neighboring Kingdom. After another victorious battle against the Scots.
Hotspur asks his King to pay for the ransom. Wales asks for his cousin, but the King refuses, thinking it isn’t worth the trouble. Hotspur loses his temper and insults the King, mentioning how he’s ignoring all the years of service’s family has provided before stomping out of the room. Meanwhile, Prince Henry is living in a modest house in town, pretending to be a commoner named Hal. He has no interest in politics or the throne, and he spends his days in the company of women or drinking with his companion, John Falstaff, who is a retired Knight.
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One afternoon, he’s approached by a messenger from the Castle that informs him the King is ill and requests his son to go see him. At first, Henry turns down the invitation, but John talks to him later and convinces him that not going would be worse than confronting his father because he’ll have to live all his life. With a regret, Henry gives in and goes to see his father, who tells him what he already expected. Henry may be the oldest son, but he won’t be King. The throne will go to his brother Thomas instead.
Young Drunk Becomes King And Immediately Unleashes a War The King knows Henry doesn’t want the position anyway, but he felt it was his duty to say these things directly to his son. Henry is indeed perfectly fine with this decision, but he does get upset when he hears Thomas will March against Hotspur the next day. He doesn’t think the new generation should get involved in their father’s feuds, but Thomas ignores his worry. That night, Henry can’t bring himself to have fun because he keeps thinking about Thomas putting himself in danger. So the following day he goes to see his brother on the battlefield.
Thomas isn’t happy to see him there, but Henry ignores his complaints because he isn’t here to steal his glory. He just wants to save Thomas life. He sends a messenger to Hotspur with a challenge to single combat, and Hotspur accepts it, even if it goes against his father’s wishes. Both Henry and Hotspur are very skilled warriors, so their duel is fairly equal. They begin fighting with their swords, but soon they lose those and resort to good old hand to hand combat.
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And after lots of struggling, Henry manages to tackle Hotspur to the ground and stab him with a dagger he had with him all along. This victory has prevented a huge battle from happening and saved both sides many lives. But Thomas isn’t grateful. He was supposed to be establishing himself as a leader, yet Henry has stolen all his glory. Carrying the painful weight of having taken a life on his shoulders, Henry returns to his life of drinking until a few days later, he’s visited by the King’s chief Justice, Sir William Gascoyne.
Thomas has died in battle, and now the King is on his death bed as well, so Henry must return to the palace if he doesn’t want the Kingdom to descend into chaos without a leader. Furious over the death of his brother, Henry visits his father and calls him a monster right before the old man dies, leaving the country in his hands.
While everyone gets ready for the Coronation, a group of servants goes to Henry’s house and town to retrieve his belongings. John is kicked out of the house and must hear what happened with his friend through the servant’s mouth. Not getting to see Henry again before his big day, the Coronation ceremony goes without a hitch, and later, during dinner, Henry opens the present sent by other Kings.
There’s a gold chalice that he gifts his sister, the Queen of Denmark, Philippa, and a clockwork bird that he gives to his cousin, the Earl of Cambridge, the last gift. Though it’s quite surprising, the dolphin of France has sent him a simple ball with no note. Henry decides to keep it as a memory of the boy he once was.
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However, the following day, Gascoyne points out the ball was sent as an insult and they should respond in kind. Henry doesn’t want to react to provocations, though he wants to achieve peace through conciliation, so he prefers to concentrate on local matters instead of fueling their feud with France.
Later, while Henry spends time with Philippa before she leaves, she advises him to be careful because the members of any Royal court will always have their own interests in mind, and a King can never be sure of who to trust. The following day, the Archbishop of Canterbury tries to get Henry up to date with the history of the King of France’s genealogy in case he needs to claim the throne, but Henry is just bored.
It doesn’t matter what his father wanted. Henry has no intentions of invading France or Jerusalem, and such a decision isn’t well received among the nobles of his court. After the meeting is over, Gascoyne commends Henry for caring about his people, but he also points out that not doing anything against France’s taunting makes him look like a coward.
Meanwhile, John is starting to discover how hard life is without the Prince’s company. People don’t receive him as well in taverns, and he’s expected to pay for his own stuff. When he mentions having a friend in high places, the innkeeper just reminds him he’s been left behind like an old dog. Sometime later, Henry interrogates a prisoner that seeks asylum in exchange for information. He claims to be an assassin sent by the King of France to kill Henry, and such information is seen by the court nobles as a direct act of war.
However, Henry still doesn’t give in and sends the King of France a letter saying that sending an assassin is a cowardly act, so if he wants war, he should send his army and fight properly. Henry’s decision becomes a subject of concern among nobles. The Earl of Cambridge and Lord Gray are approached by French agents that want them to change sides, so the two of them go to talk to Gasgoing to ask for his advice because they’re losing faith in their King, and the French offer is much more appealing. After promising to do something about it, Gascoyne talks to Henry again, pointing out how letting these issues simmer always ends up badly, and this is Henry’s opportunity to unite the land for good. Seeing as he doesn’t have much of a choice.
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Henry accepts to start a war with France, taking the actions of those agents towards his nobles as the third and final strike. He also orders the Earl of Cambridge and Lord Gray to lose their heads. Disappointed that someone he called a friend turned out to be in cahoots with the enemy. Needing someone he can trust and depend on, Henry goes to town in search of John, who is upset because he’s been ignored all this time. Henry apologizes for not contacting him sooner, but he’s obviously been busy, and now he needs his best friend again.
He wants John to be the Marshal of his chief military strategist, and John accepts under one condition. Henry must pay for his debt at the end. Some time later, Henry and his army sail to France. Shortly after arriving, they find an abandoned village and decide to set camp there so they can build catapults to attack Our Floor. Henry wants to win this through a sieve so he can avoid sacrificing men so soon, but days continue to pass without any results.
The nobles are getting anxious, and the Archbishop insists on attacking, but Henry refuses, and this time Gascoyne backs him up because it’s important for them to establish a Garrison stronghold here for their lines of supply from England. Fortunately, the plan does work, and Our Floor surrenders.
The leader asks for only one condition for the women and the children to be freed, and Henry accepts, giving them such mercy. Later, they’re visited by Louis the Dolphin of France, who proceeds to describe in disturbing detail what he will do to Henry and his army if they don’t surrender now. Henry admits the tale was stirring, but only wishes the Dolphin good night before leaving the tent and asking John to get the army ready to March again.
After many miles of traveling, the party sets up camp again and sends three young pages to gather wood. Luce finds them and kills two of them before sending the third one back with a head in his hands as a message. As a response, Henry orders John to kill all their French prisoners and send their bodies to be put on spikes by the river. But John refuses to obey because neither he nor Henry is that kind of bloodthirsty man. The next day, Henry and his Army March again until they make it to the Hills, where a bloodcurdling surprise awaits them.
Louis army, which outnumbers them by a huge amount. The nobles advise Henry to retreat, but John cuts in, explaining he has a plan. The ground between armies is a flood bowl, and since John sure it will rain tonight because his knee is aching, that ground will become a muddy bog.
The French Army is made of mounted men, which equals heavy armor and horses that will get stuck in the bog. Henry can send some men as bait to lure them out, and once they’re stuck, the rest of Henry’s Army can attack on foot and while wearing no armor, so they should be able to move freely and quickly when the French can’t.
Together with Henry’s skilful Archers, this speed can prove to be an amazing advantage. The nobles think the plan is incredibly dumb, but Henry trusts John and decides to give him a chance. If it rains during the night, they’ll attack in the morning. Fortunately, the prediction comes true, and it rains during the night, so as soon as the sun rises, the army gets ready to execute the plan. Henry gets upset when he sees Jon get ready to lead the bait party, so he decides to pay Louis a visit to ask for a single combat, as he had done with Hotspur.
Louis turns down the offer, too confident in his bigger army and implying Henry is doing this because he’s scared to lose the battle. Angry but still determined, Henry returns to his man and gives an encouraging speech before hiding in the woods while the bait team goes out to fight. Louis falls for the trap and sends half of his army out, too, but they immediately get showered with arrows from Henry’s Archers and fall into the mud bog.
Just as Jon had predicted, John’s group does enough damage to slow down the French, and when Louis sends the rest of his men, Henry and his arm or less army join the battle on foot. As planned, all of John’s predictions continue to come true, and Henry’s men easily gain an advantage as the French struggle to fight in the balk.
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When Louis finally unerstands he’s losing the battle, he comes to Henry seeking a duel, but Henry refuses to fight a Prince that keeps slipping on the mutt. Since Louis is making such an embarrassment of himself, Henry allows his soldiers to kill him instead. The entire army now truly respects Henry after such a glorious victory, but he doesn’t have time to celebrate because he’s found John’s body upset and grieving, he orders his men to kill all the prisoners before they regroup. A few days later, the King of France comes to see Henry to offer his surrender. Under one condition Henry must marry his daughter, Princess Catherine of Oising.
Both Royal families would help avoid any future feuds so Henry accepts. They return to England where the crowd eagerly awaits the wedding celebrations. So Henry has a talk with Catherine in private. Before meeting the public, Catherine assures him she won’t submit to him and he must earn her respect. But she also wonders why Henry attacked France in the first place.
Her family never sent any assassin and definitely not a ball. Her father is a good, beloved King that never wanted war. Remembering his sister’s words and getting suspicious, Henry goes to see Gascoyne to ask him how he found the assassin in the first place. Gascoyne’s story is vague and keeps contradicting itself. So when Henry begins questioning how bigger Gascoyne’s territory has become after conquering France, the man breaks and admits it had all been his plan.
He made up France’s acts of aggression, but he doesn’t regret it because this is what Henry wanted. True peace can only be forged through victory and now the kingdoms have finally been United. Gascoyne gets on his knee to appeal to his King’s greatness, but Henry just uses his dagger to kill him. In one Swift movement afterward, Henry reunites with Catherine and makes her promise she’ll always be honest with him. Catherine gives them her word as they hear the crowd outside chanting Henry’s name.
while young drunk may not be a model citizen, he may have unwittingly become king of the hill and unleashed a war on his neighbors. The good news is that there are steps everyone can take to avoid becoming embroiled in similar conflicts.