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Romulus & Remus: The First King (2019)

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NR | IMDb 7.2/10 | 2hr 3 min

This film isn’t as striking as Revenant or as thematically deep as Valhalla Rising, but it sure gets close. I didn’t choose to mention those two titles casually. Il Primo Re uses a similar range of storytelling devices: minimal dialogues, stunning visuals, a very realistic environment, metaphysical experiences. This provides the film a very immersive style, that can be perceived probably a bit slow, but that also elevates the release’s quality. This page has romulus & remus: the first king 2019, watch online, romulus & remus: the first king 2019 free download, full movie hd.

The interesting part is that Il Primo Re reinterprets a well-known myth but stays faithful to its roots, and merges is with realistic historical settings. The villages, armaments, religions depicted mostly are very close to those that could’ve been during the pre-roman period.Obviously Il Primo Re mustn’t be considered a historically accurate film, but it certainly gives the feel of that archaic period. Filmxy has Romulus & Remus: The First King (2019) Online Full Movie, Romulus & Remus: The First King (2019) free download HD Bluray 720p 1080p with English subtitle. Stars: Alessandro Borghi, Alessio Lapice, Fabrizio Rongione

What I particularly appreciated was the choice of using latin as language. It is not the first time this happens, an example is Mel Gibson’s The Passion, but in The Passion the pronunciation that was used was the scolastic one, which was developed in the middle ages (and I personally know that from my high-school studies of the language). In Il Primo Re they managed to use the original pronunciation of latin, and I believe probably they adopted an archaic vocabulary and sintax, which is admirable.

Criticisms can be drawn: the final climax is not that huge as the build up suggests (let’s not forget italian films have a much more limited budget), it doesn’t manage to be as thematically deep as the films I’ve mentioned earlier and sometimes it drastically shifts to being an action movie. I personally acknowledge these negatives, but still feel that the positive aspects outweight the negative ones. This film is so far unique in italian cinema, it definitely attempts at being something new, and therefore I think it deserves consideration.


Matteo Rovere has achieved a difficult task: rewrite the well known legend of the foundation of Rome, in the past seen in peplum productions, with academic consultants, knowledgeable and enthusiastic professionals and limited budget and make a powerful movie quite different from the current Italian scene. We follow the Romulus and Remus brothers from a sudden disruption of their lives as shepherds to the final tragedy leading to the foundation of the eternal city. 


There is an intense effort to be as authentic as possible: all the locations are near Rome, sounds chosen and edited to be consistent with the historical environment, wood and hay huts, simple basic clothes and weapons. Sometimes one wonders they really were so primitive, but I noticed that knights from the etruscan city of Alba have more elaborate weapons. Even more important, the actors speak original Paleo Latin with subtitles, a choice I had enjoyed in movies like The Passion and Apocalypto. Pervasive violence and correct emphasis on the paramount importance of religion able to have a strong influence on men’s decisions. Excellent photography (always in natural light!) evocative music score and at times moving scenes, at least for a lover of Roman history like me. The actors are excellent in their roles. This movie should have worldwide recognition.

Stars : Alessandro Borghi, Alessio Lapice, Fabrizio Rongione

Genre : Drama, History

Country : Belgium, Italy

Posted on: July 2nd, 2019

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