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The Last King
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"The Last King" is no exception. Like the stories based on Henry VIII and his wives, Elizabeth I and Marie Antoinette, the story of King Charles II of England is filled with high drama and conflict that provides ample entertainment to viewers. For the sake of oversimplifying, I would liken it to a cross between the film "Elizabeth" (starring Cate Blanchett) and the TV miniseries "Tom Jones" (starring Max Beesley).
When the story begins we find Charles in dire straits - he is in exile from his home country; his father, Charles I, has been murdered; and Oliver Cromwell now 'governs' England. Upon the death of Cromwell, Charles is invited back to rule England where he finds his country torn apart between Catholics and Protestants. Throughout his rule, Charles II earned a reputation as the 'merry monarch' - a man who loves art and music and counts gambling and women among his vices. He collects many mistresses throughout his lifetime - most notably Barbara Villiers (Helen McCrory) and the actress Nell Gwynn (Emma Pierson) - and has a childless marriage with the Portuguese princess Catherine de Braganza (Shirley Henderson). While he remains Protestant, his wife is Catholic and his younger brother (and heir) James converts to Catholicism, which only fuels the fire with the predominantly Protestant Parliament.Read more ›
The casting is wonderful. The acting is brilliant. The costumes are gorgeous. The writing is captivating. Every time I watched it, it was just as wonderful as the time before. I opted to buy the DVD because I felt cheated when I heard it was a 4 hour drama. A&E only had it as a 3 hour. What wonders did I mess out on?!
There is nothing about this series that I didn't like. It had the right balance of politics to help understand what a King's duties are-without making it dry and boring. There's enough tasteful romance in it to keep it racy without being obscene. I was impressed with the historical accuracy. You CAN make a period drama interesting without compromising it's integrity.
I cannot say enough about this drama. It is perhaps the best movie I have ever watched!!
My only question: Did the king love the queeen? Is that the reason he stayed married to her?
I can't wait until I get my copy so I can watch it again!!
This production is a treasure. Buy it!
Most recent customer reviews
The last King is more about the last time he and his friend had sex and when they would have more sex and with whom than what his monarchy was about. Read morePublished on May 17 2012 by doltdolt
I will start off by saying that I would recommend this dvd to anyone who is interested in the life of King Charles II, as it is a lavish and interesting production. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Lola Latte
great period piece of a my fav english period-- wish it was longer- so many characters of the king's court and time were so interesting to study, it would take many hours to... Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Cpea
Other reviews have treated this DVD fairly, both in its good and bad points. The worst of all, as has been noted, is that for some foolish reason, A&E cut an hour out of the... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Sean C
Wonderful costumes and sets and fine actors cannot help this miniseries. It was torture to watch. The story of this king is compelling and deserves better treatment, but the... Read morePublished on June 9 2004
I just finished sitting through the whole four hour version of this film. It was breathtakingly beautifully filmed and the story was totally mesmerizing. Read morePublished on April 12 2004
Brilliant period drama as only the BBC can produce. 17th century England and the return of Charles II to the throne after the English Civil War. Fabulous costumes and sets. Read morePublished on March 28 2004