Monarch (2000) - Biography, Drama, History

Hohum Score

13

Watchable

Shortly before his death in 1547, the injured King Henry VIII is forced to take refuge a manor house closed for the season. While there, he must confront both his mortality and the ghosts of his past.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: John Walsh
Stars: T.P. McKenna, Jean Marsh
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 0 out of 28 found boring (0%)

One-line Reviews (10)

Absorbing and worth catching if you enjoyed the BBC Tudor series The Six Wives of Henry VIII or Elizabeth R which are similar in tone.

The extras on the DVD offer a fascinating insight into what can be achieved with just sounds effects and there are very instructive lessons in how to turn an active community day centre into a Tudor manor house with just black drapes to make morning into night.

The extras on the DVD reveal the fascinating story of the original camera negative and how this was the key to this HD remastered release which hits cinemas again some twenty years after its first bow.

In this fascinating period piece, John Walsh seamlessly merges historical fact and foreboding drama.

After an injury on the road forces the king to stop in an empty house, his inner circle of aides whisper of assassination.

I missed this film the first time round, but this just making 'finding' it now all the more intriguing.

However, Thorn soon discovers he has a very different breed of unexpected guests.

John Walsh's debut drama of 2000, MONARCH, now beautifully restored by Freemantle and the team at Premier Post, is a fascinating combination of these two story strands.

Monarch is a terrific display of the finest Filmmaking, with a compelling story that mixes some true history with fiction, portrayed by superb actors that really make you care about their characters under impecable directing of John Walsh.

At the centre of the film is TP McKenna's stunning performance as King Henry.