The Hollow Crown: Henry IV - Part II (2012)

The Hollow Crown: Henry IV - Part II

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From executive producer Sam Mendes comes The Hollow Crown, stunning adaptations of four of Shakespeares most treasured plays featuring all-star casts. Starring Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, Henry IV, Part 2 shows the increasingly frail King Henry stave off insurrection following the battle of Shrewsbury and the rise of his son, Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston of The Avengers), who will ascend to the throne as Henry V. Also starring Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Julie Walters (Harry … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Richard Eyre
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While Northumberland(Alun Armstrong) has deep issues with the outcome of a recent battle, it does not mean others have not profited. Take Falstaff(Simon Russell Beale) for instance, who gained through underhanded means. It's not that other people may not have noticed, but that they have bigger concerns like the Lord Chief Justice(Geoffrey Palmer) warning him about being a bad influence on Prince Hal(Tom Hiddleston). Which is especially important considering the bad state of King Henry's(Jeremy Irons) health.

Even more than its previous installments, "Henry IV, Part 2" feels like a prologue.(Although the addition of Iain Glen to the cast is a nice touch.) And a lot of that has to do with the emphasis being on neither king nor prince but on Falstaff which is not helped in the least by Simon Russell Beale's abrasive performance. Admittedly, the point of which eventually becomes clear, outlining all of the play's themes in one moment of abundant clarity but still.

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