“An uncompromising vision of a dystopian future… it feels like a hazy, nostalgic memory, a nightmare tinged with gold. And that’s truly unsettling.”
“Nothing much really happens. But everything happens, the film following Djata’s awakening both politically and as an adult as he uncovers the horrible truth about his world, innocence dying with hope, the film devastating even as it offers the faintest glimmers of salvation.
The performances are universally good, Allchurch carrying the film on his narrow shoulders while Jonathan Pryce and Fiona Shaw shine as Djata’s doting grandparents, loyal Party members and true believers who’ll brook no dissent and despise the daughter-in-law they blame for leading astray their son. But the true revelation is former waifish clotheshorse Deyn who’s simply stunning as the devoted wife and mother pushed to breaking point.
An uncompromising vision of a dystopian future, The White King’s greatest strength, chess-playing robots and gleaming supercars aside, is that it feels like a hazy, nostalgic memory, a nightmare tinged with gold. And that’s truly unsettling.”
SOURCE: Movie Ramblings