Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
- Commentary by writer/producer Milo Addica and writer/director James Marsh
- Deleted Scenes
- Actor Rehearsals
- Trailer Gallery
Top Customer Reviews
We first meet Elvis (Bernal), a twenty-something drifter, who has just been released from the navy. He arrives in Corpus Christi, Texas, hopefully seeking to reconnect with his estranged father (Hurt) who unknowingly fathered him. It turns out that his father is now an evangelical pastor with a nice family and predictably, and although he's civil to Elvis, he wants nothing to do with his illegitimate son.
Dejected, Elvis stays on in the City, rooming in a run-down, crummy hotel and obtaining employment as a pizza delivery boy. But some unstoppable, Machiavellian force begins to drive the young man and he begins to exact revenge on the pastor, starting by seducing his daughter a beautiful 16-year-old (Pell James) in all her Catholic innocent glory. Keep in mind he is seducing his half-sister.
But this seduction is nothing compared to Elvis has in store for the holy man's other geek son Paul (Paul Dano), a gawky teenage Christian rock singer and campaigner for intelligent design. Is Elvis just a mild-mannered, untroubled sociopath who is picking on an innocent family? Or is there perhaps more substance behind his motivations?Read more ›
The film has its weaknesses, but it also has strengths that make it a gripping tale. Gael Garcia Bernal plays Elvis, the young man in search of his father. He's almost emotionless in the role, but this is intentional. If he pushed for the sympathy vote as the abandoned child or went the psychopath route, the film would be too unbelievable. Bernal keeps us interested in what Elvis' next move will be, and we wonder what is going on in his head but we're never certain. William Hurt plays David Sandow, the minister and family man who is also Elvis' father. Paul Dano of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE fame is the oldest son Paul, the apple of his father's eye who will soon graduate from high school and head to Bible college. Both Hurt and Dano work with the material, but one fault of the film is that we're introduced to some potentially wonderful conflictual situations between father and son (Paul), first son (Elvis) and beloved son (Paul), and conflict between the three, but they never materialize. The most troubling relationship in the film is that of Elvis and Malerie, the Sandow daughter.Read more ›
What we soon find out is every action has a catastrophically ironic result. If only we knew what was to come we would have never have made that move but that's hindsight.
The King is excellent in every aspect. All principle acting is superb with Bernal and Pell James being standouts. I loved the music which maintained the sober tone that permeated the entire film. Beautiful cinematography and editing helped the compelling nature of the script. This is a perfectly executed, disturbing adult drama. Not for all tastes but packs a quite a wallop. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have to say this was hard to watch. Not because of the actors but because of the story. Talk about not getting a good feeling, this one was really nasty.... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Counselor
Reminiscent of a Flannery O'Connor short story, this beautifully filmed, well-acted drama is a vehicle for great actors to practice their art. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ahbean62
It is an absorbing movie, but one that requires a tough constitution. It is well acted, atmospheric, and brutal. Read morePublished 16 months ago by texasmovielover
It will never get an award because it does nothing to advance the propaganda that Hollywood loves. "Mirror, mirror on the wall..." -- that kind of thing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Daniel
There is only one sympathetic character in this movie, and he makes an early and untimely exit. Everyone else is a self-centered cypher without any balancing redeeming quality,... Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. Douglas
I'm pretty sure I wrote some review about this movie a few years ago, but oh well...
This movie really surprised me because I wasn't expecting to like it at all. Read more
Fast and great was looking for this movie for a while and finally found it was no bs on the formatPublished on December 17, 2013 by Glenn
Very tough film. Leaves you speculating about how hurt, shame, and anger might lead to horrible tragedy. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by PJR
The writing, directing, acting, etc. is excellent. The story believable. My only complaint is sometimes good actors whisper & the audio wasn't adjusted properly, so you will have... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Sheela