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Ah remember the good old days when the monarchy had spunk? When a King could order a severed head on a whim and his subjects grovelled like loyal puppies keen for a feed? Ah yes, how times have changed.
A Man For All Seasons is not about King Henry the VIII (Robert Shaw). Not really. It’s about a man of principals, a man of faith, Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield). The King is a mad man on a mission to grab as much power as he can. He has cast himself as God, religion-maker, rule changer. With an ‘off-with-their-heads’ attitude, the King demands that the English embrace a new church, simply so he can divorce Queen Catherine and marry Anne Boleyn (Vanessa Redgrave).
More is a strict Catholic kinda man, loyal to the Pope and not to the King. He knows that this will cause him strife but he’s determined to stick to his principles, at least in his own mind. Spies, power struggles and the word ‘traitor’ is flung about willy-nilly and many heads find themselves rolling around on the gritty floor.
For those who cannot handle historical films, this may be well worth a look. Instead of being bogged down in details, this film takes you on a journey through the mucky world of 16th Century England. Unlike today where politicians are happy to air their dirty laundry in our faces, in Henry VIII’s world, opinions were suppressed. For good reason too. Henry wasn’t out to be King of the year but to simply do whatever he wanted. In the end… well you’ll have to watch it, but in the end the King pays the price for heresy and selfishness. Long live the King! Or not.
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