08 May 2016

Henry V, 1989 - ★★★

I didn't realise I'd seen this before and apart from Emma Thompson's first scene I didn't remember any of it. I think I'm just going to have to admit to not getting the history plays. This may be regarded as one of the best Shakespeare adaptations but apart from the battles it's far to theatrical for my tastes. The Agincourt sequence is spectacular but by this point I'd already lost interest and it was only when Thompson returns again at the end that I regained interest. I'd happily watch her scenes over and over but it does make me think if the best scene in a film is one that is arguably entirely redundant then something isn't quite right somewhere.

May 08, 2016 at 05:25PM

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