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Adapted from the Tony-nominated stage play, this is an examination of contemporary Britain--part political thriller, part family drama. After the Queen's death, Prince Charles finds himself wrestling his conscience over a bill to sign into law, resulting in a constitutional and political crisis.
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PBSMasterpiece: King Charles III DVD
 
3.2

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1.0

Disappointing and Disrespectful

By Ryan Adelson

from Wichita, KS

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: King Charles III DVD:

As a huge fan of political (as well as British) drama, I was eager to see King Charles III. I understand that the piece may well have been intended as a work of fiction, not necessarily meant to be construed as any kind of an approximation to current realities. When actual people are portrayed, however, I think an author should at least attempt to represent them in a nominally accurate fashion (especially while they are still alive). Each of the characters in this film is presented in a flat, illogically motivated, and disappointingly inhuman manner (with the obvious exception of the title role). The BBC have missed an excellent opportunity to explore aspects of the modern monarchy's complexities (regarding power, purpose, duty, and family) in an entertaining, respectful, and accurate fashion. Instead, they unfortunately appear to foment a cheap kind of public controversy for the mere sake of controversy. Were it not for Mr. Pigott-Smith's prodigious performance (and the occasional, inspirational gravitas of the work's blank verse), I fear the film would be without redeeming factor and remain an unrealistic, politically tone-deaf, and unnecessarily mean experience.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Shakespeare Come Back to Life

By Shakespeare Reader

from Pittsburgh PA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about PBS Masterpiece: King Charles III DVD:

The blank verse employed immediately establishes a distance from reality and its complicated motives, familial betrayal and tragedy quickly show its Shakespearean roots. There are multiple incidents which might recall scenes familiar to readers of Richard II, Henry IV and Hamlet. It portrays the current members of Britain's royal family as fictional characters representing the conflict between traditional moral values and today's realpolitik. They are definitely not the characters that populate the glossy magazines at the checkout counter,

This is a cinematic setting of the stage play which was done in London, New York and in Washington DC by its Shakespeare Company. Many of the cast members that appear here were part of the original theatrical production.

Audience reaction to the PBS showing would indicate that this is not the fare that many Masterpiece viewers have come to expect. Nevertheless, for some this is an amazing production, full of imagination and without too much of a stretch, it could be described as Shakespeare come back to life.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

delightful surprise

By Bremain as a Republic

from Toronto, Canada

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: King Charles III DVD:

Happened upon this as it was broadcast on PBS...with no intention of watching it.....but got stuck into from the opening scenes....the soundtrack suggested something unexpected. The rest of the film delivered a spellbinding clearly fictitious story that offered a simple critique of monarchy as it currently exists in the UK and Commonwealth....little more than a form of celebrity. The verse is genius, the acting first rate. This film is not, however, something that is likely to sit well with fans of monarchy...it is blistering at times, taking extraordinary liberties with characters based on people we often think we know....though we actually know very little.
The film draws out the ethical challenges of being born into a role that is utterly powerless, entirely ceremonial and largely confined to predetermined expectations.
Ultimately it stands as a testament to the absurdity of a society that purports to espouse the idea of human equality whilst entrenching structural inequality in the notion of monarchy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I saw this on television and will be buying it ASAP

By Mark Breadwine

from Washington, DC

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: King Charles III DVD:

I saw the public television broadcast. This production is fiction. It is hard to argue that it is "degrading" to the royal family, given that it is most definitely fiction and has not disguised this fact. The use of iambic pentameter in a modern production is actually a brilliant innovation harkening back to Shakespeare. The story itself is very well told, and definitely is worth your attention. Highly recommend it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Shakespearean

By Peter

from Toronto

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Comments about PBS Masterpiece: King Charles III DVD:

Stunningly filmed, beautifully acted (esp. by the sadly now-late Piggott-Smith as a conflicted Charles) and - above all - written as a modern-day royalty play by Shakespeare ... whether the play (and now TV program) accurately reflects the personalities of the actual Royal Family really doesn't matter. It makes for an amazing and riveting drama. Highly recommended.

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