« The Lake House | Main | The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift »

July 22, 2006

The King


King James Marsh’s slow-burn meditation on the long- term, potentially violent effects, of child abandonment, military discipline, religious obsession, and attempted familial reconciliation is like a social abscess that the director barely pokes at before allowing the narrative to explode. Gael Garcia Bernal gives a knockout performance as Elvis Sandow, a 21-year-old man recently discharged from the Navy. Elvis returns to his childhood home in Corpus Christi, Texas to reconnect with his father David (William Hurt) who abandoned he and his mother more than 20 years ago.

Speaking with a perfect English accent Bernal embodies his troubled and opportunistic character with a seductive quality that lures the viewer into siding with his volatility before trapping you in its perilous clutches. Elvis approaches David, now the Baptist pastor of a local church. He identifies himself as the man’s bastard son. Caught off-guard, David tells Elvis to call him later so he can have time explain the situation to his picture-perfect suburban family. However, Elvis is more interested in seducing his 16-year-old alleged stepsister Malerie (Pell James), whom he neglects to tell of his relationship to her father. Elvis's baneful intentions quickly escalate as he ingratiates his way into the home of the family he detests with a pitch-black passion. This unsettling movie regards American narcissism with a cold eye of distanced persuasion. You will feel its aftershocks long after viewing it.


Rated R. 105 mins. (B) (Three Stars)




TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The King:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Featured Video

SMART NEW MEDIA® Custom Videos



Throwback Thursday

Podcast Series