The Binge

Here’s Why You Need To Watch The King On Netflix This Week

By Jessica Best
1st Nov 2019

Scene from The King showing a boy with his horse

Settle in for good times this weekend because there's a sling of binge-worthy goods you need to cross off your bucket list.

Here's everything you need to binge this week.


Katrina (Carmen Ejogo) is a single mother driving cross country to start a new life with her young daughter Clara (Apollonia Pratt) when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. As Katrina changes the tyre, Clara wanders off the desert road and is bitten by a venomous rattlesnake. Desperate to save her daughter’s life, Katrina accepts the help of a mysterious woman, but after she miraculously heals Clara, Katrina is asked to repay the good deed by killing a stranger in exchange for the life saved. Rattlesnake is a bit of a pulse-pounding, psychological thriller so grab a blanket and enjoy the ride. 

Dolemite Is My Name

Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.

Passenger List

The story of Passenger List revolves around fictional missing Atlantic Airlines flight 702 which disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Each episode focuses on a different passenger on the plane, each with their own dark past. The series, which has enough drama and mystery to rival your latest Netflix obsession, is led by Kaitlin Le (played by Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor Kelly Marie Tran), a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight and is determined to uncover the truth. Probs don’t download this one for your next trip OS.

The King

Starring Timothée Chalamet as Hal, wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne who has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people, The King is a historical drama based on several plays from William Shakespeare's "Henriad". When Hal’s tyrannical father dies, he is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life—including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the ageing alcoholic knight, John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton). Directed by David Michôd and co-written by Michôd and Edgerton, The King co-stars Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, and Lily-Rose Depp. The King lands on Netflix November 1.

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