This is the best movie ever made. I watch this movie at least once a year. This is the ultimate chracter-driven movie. The dialogue, the interactions, the sub-plots, the subterfuge, it is just incredible!
Cliff Notes: King Henry II
let's his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine,
out of prison and summons his sons, princes Richard (a.k.a. Richard The Lion Heart),
Geoffrey (scheming little shit tossed into the cesspool of history)
(nobody bothered to paint the fucker)
(the same King John who would sell out all of British Monarchy by being a big pimply pussy and signing the Magna Carta)
to a big, happy, Christmas dinner at their French palace of Chinon.
Where Machiavellian scheming, perfectly crafted dialogue and medieval hilarity ensues.
Just for shits and giggles, Henry also invites King Phillip II of France, whose sister Alys (who was supposed to marry Henry's son, the future King Richard The Lionheart...who was actually gay...) he has been boinking since she was a young teen.
Confused? Good! This is complicated shit.
I now take the lazy way out by cutting and pasting many delicious clips from said masterpiece in lieu of my own creativity.
Okay, now for the good shit.
Go rent this movie! Buy this movie!