To Kill a King (2003) short review

Pretty darn tootin’ bad.  The story never really gets started — we go through what seems to be build up to something MORE, then a big jump in time happens, and we’re supposed to be emotionally invested in the ending which really seems rather abrupt.  Tim Roth is at one of his lower points here as Cromwell.  The only saving grace is Olivia Williams as Lady Anne Fairfax, torn between her husband and her father — a fabulous actress who is gorgeously dressed.  Rupert Everett is quite good as Charles I as well.  Rent it to see Williams’ costumes and fast forward through the rest.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.