While the language of Shakespeare can be a challenge for the modern viewer, this “King Lear” is so physical, the acting so expressive, and the whole cast – top-notch – takes Anthony Hopkins’ lead and chews the scenery down to gristle and bone.”
“King Lear” is a 2018 British-American television film directed by Richard Eyre.
An adaptation of the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, cut to just 115 minutes, was broadcast on BBC Two.
Starring Anthony Hopkins as the title character, the adaptation is set in an alternate universe 21st-century highly militarized London and depicts the tragedy that follows when the sovereign King Lear announces the end of his reign and the division of his kingdom among his three daughters.
Anthony Hopkins as Lear
Emma Thompson as Goneril
Emily Watson as Regan
Jim Broadbent as Earl of Gloucester
Florence Pugh as Cordelia
Jim Carter as Earl of Kent
Andrew Scott as Edgar
John Macmillan as Edmund
Tobias Menzies as Duke of Cornwall
Anthony Calf as Duke of Albany
Karl Johnson as Fool
Christopher Eccleston as Oswald
John Standing as Butler
“What a story! Well done, Will. Fantastic imagery and art direction. It is an absolute joy to watch Hopkins, Thompson, Menzies, Watson, and Christopher Eccleston chew into Shakespeare.”
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