“He was not only the least likely to be there on that day, but in a way, there was no logical reason for him to be there at all.”

Giovanni Malago, a witness articulately describes young Dirk Hamer’s presence at Porto Rotondo, Sardinia.

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The words are from a new Italian docuseries which been released on Netflix. It shows the investigation that went into the heinous crime committed by a royal family.

The King Who Never Was sheds light on Dirk Hamer’s murder. Today, after 45 years, his family is still struggling for justice.

Here is my review of the series where I try to focus on how the show depicts the failed ‘quest for justice.’

The King Who Never Was Synopsis

Directed by Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi, The King Who Never Was is a three-episode long mini docuseries streaming now on Netflix.

It focuses on the unfortunate killing of Dirk Hamer, a teenager, in 1978, at the hands of Vittorio Emanuele, the Prince of Naples.

In 2019, another documentary was made on Dirk’s murder, called Dirk Hamer – Un caso di Stato.

The King Who Never Was Review

It takes a commendable approach by presenting witnesses who vividly recount their experiences, resulting in a sense of authenticity.

Vittorio Emanuele himself talks about the incident.

This aspect adds depth and credibility to the series, creating a compelling narrative that draws viewers into the heart of the story.

Another strength of The King Who Never Was lies in its ability to unfold events in a linear timeline, particularly evident in the first episode.

This chronological presentation helps viewers grasp the context and understand the incident, even if they are unfamiliar with the details. It ensures that the story remains accessible to a wide audience.

Moreover, the series leaves no stone unturned, diligently exploring various facets of the case.

From Vittorio Emanuele’s wife’s relentless efforts to clear his name to ballistics checks and recreating the crime scene, The King Who Never Was strives to present a comprehensive account of the investigation.

Such coverage enhances the viewer’s understanding of the case and its complexities.

A noteworthy aspect of the docuseries is its commitment to maintaining objectivity.

It refrains from taking sides and instead focuses on presenting the facts through original clips, news reports, court hearings, and interviews with witnesses.

This balanced approach allows viewers to form their own opinions and encourages critical thinking, though it is tough to not take sides when a brutal incident like this happens.

The King Who Never Was artfully intertwines emotions into its narrative, particularly in the first episode.

It introduces viewers to a young and innocent Dirk Hamer, whose life is tragically cut short.

The series skillfully captures the profound impact of this unfortunate incident, leaving viewers empathizing with the helplessness of Dirk Hamer’s sister, the individuals present at the scene, and his grieving family.

These emotional elements make the story more relatable and resonate deeply with the audience.

Remarkably, the docuseries boasts a well-crafted screenplay that maintains a compelling pace throughout.

While there may be minor lulls in the second episode, the overall narrative remains gripping. I particularly didn’t like the massive flow of information.

It was just too much to endure.

The series adeptly balances informative segments with captivating storytelling, ensuring that viewers remain engrossed in the unfolding events.

Final Word

For me, this particular case would work as a blot on the French judicial system for decades to come. A teenager who was sleeping in his bed got killed without a fault of his.

And justice is yet to make an entry into his sister’s life.

Should You Stream or Skip The King Who Never Was?

Overall, you will love the show more due to its subject matter than its cinematic prowess. I will recommend you watch it.

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