The Lost King

Director: Stephen Frears
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 2.0

After watching a stage production of the Bard's Richard III with her two sons, Philippa Langley (Sally Hawkins) - who suffers from "chronic fatigue syndrome" - becomes fascinated with the controversial king, believes his reputation was unfairly tarnished by the Tudors and then sets out to locate his remains, which she thinks are buried in a parking lot.  The decision by screenwriters Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan (who plays Hawkins' ex-husband) to have Philippa engage in actual conversations with the ruler (Harry Lloyd) is quite daft and pitting an "amateur" (who has "feelings") against fact-based academia is playing up to the modern crowd, but Hawkins lends it credibility with her single-minded drive (despite getting winded frequently).  You don't have to be a history buff to find the real-life story kind of fascinating: who doesn't want a 500-year-old mystery finally solved?  Is it wild to suggest even the "Last of the House of Plantagenet" actually wanted to be found?