“The King” (+ +) is a historically inaccurate war drama film based very loosely on the life and times of King Henry V of England as depicted by Shakespeare’s “Henriad,” a collection of three of the Bard’s history plays. Mel Brooks once declared, “It’s good to be the king.” The reality was that kings have always had to fear getting overthrown if not assassinated. To unite their countries behind themselves, they often started wars with other monarchies. To keep the peace, they had to lay siege to the castles of foreign monarchs or at least marry into the royal family of their adversaries. Occasionally, they ordered the beheading of their enemies and the execution of all unarmed prisoners of war. Palace intrigue came with the turf. That all seems like a very stressful occupation. So it is in this film, which has a great cast and script, even though it takes liberties with history. If you think that we live in crazy times, this is one slice of history (among many) showing that craziness tends to be the norm. By the way, Henry V, who was a great warrior, died from battlefield dysentery. Those pesky microorganisms have been out to get us since the beginning of time. Kings have been just as vulnerable as the rest of us.