Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Henry V

Okay, chitlins, sit back, relax, and brace yourself because Kenneth Branaugh is about to give you a history lesson with an armored boot to the face!

Wait...I'm getting ahead of myself...

For those of you who don't know, Kenneth Branaugh is one of the many members of The Royal Shakespear Company. That means when it comes to reciting iambic pentameter, he's one of the best. And in 1989 he decided he was going to take his knowledge of Shakespeare and combine it with his knowledge of film to create this guy:

Nevermind that he looks like a Medieval warrior with Down Syndrome...apparently that's just how british royalty cut their hair. Besides, what's more important is what he has to say: "Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead!" Yeah, I know what your thinking: "Where's the nearest blunt object? I gotta go kill some Frenchmen!" Me too! But calm down, it's just a movie. Anyways, that battle was over 500 years ago.

...Dissapointing, no?

But I digress. Even if you're unfamiliar with the language of Shakespeare, its a very enjoyable movie! Branaugh has a brilliant cast of talented actors. Including, but not limited to:

Judi Dench
as Mistress Quickley
Christian Bale as Fallstaff's Boy
And featuring Bilbo Baggins as Captain Fluellen

The actors do great justice to a play 500 years in the making (and yes, even as a child Christian Bale had that scowl on his face).

1 comment:

Vladigogo said...

The St. Crispian's Day speech rocks my world. It's worth the whole movie.

Plus the way Derek Jacobi bursts through doors is pretty cool too.