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About the Movie
THE KING’S CHOICE is based on the true the story about three dramatic days in April 1940, where the King of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German armed forces: surrender or die. With Nazi soldiers hunting after them, the Royal Family is forced to flee the capital. In the best interest of the family, the Crown Princess Märtha leaves Norway with the children to seek refuge in Sweden, whilst King Haakon and the Crown Prince Olav flee to a small farming area just outside Elverum and meet the Germans head on. After three days of desperately trying to evade the Germans, King Haakon makes his final decision. He refuses to capitulate, even if it may cost him, his family and many Norwegians their lives.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 25
- Fresh: 21
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Proceeds in the manner of any number of war epics of the 1960s, sluggishly charting how the ostensibly ceremonial king acquired real negotiating power during a crisis - and had the resolve to lead his country into war.
Fresh: "The King's Choice" is a dramatic tale about a pivotal World War II moment, a story infused with tension and psychological conflict that's all the more engrossing for being fresh to us.
Fresh: Handsomely mounted and well acted, the film breaks no new ground but remains engrossing.
Fresh: The film is handsomely mounted, traditional in its scenecraft, superbly acted, and much less ham-handed than you might expect from a historical drama about a great man's great moment.
A quiet war movie
if there is such a thing. About morality and war and the importance of political ideals. A very thoughtful, well-crafted film that deserved a wider cinema release in the US than it received. The Norwegian royal family cooperated with this production and many of the locations in the film are original locations.
Truly Outstanding Film
Great performances from the cast and crew, even the actors portraying Nazi functionaries. Outstanding direction and attention to detail. Of course that this is based on the Kings behavior and wisdom, true story, is all the more remarkable in the age of cowards and cheats that we live in today.
Ignored the massive German invasion of Norway and failed to explain Hitler's full invasion plan. Instead focused only on the supposed heroics of the king, which is massively overstated. It was emotional seeing the king's realization of his duty to the Norwegian people in the final scenes of the movie which leads to his final choice.
- Genre: Foreign
- Released: 2017
- © 2016 Paradox/Nordisk Film Production/Film Väst/Zentropa Sweden/Copenhagen Film Fund/Newgrange Pictures