The Hollow Crown: Henry V (2012)

The Hollow Crown: Henry V

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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. Prince Hals (The Avengers Tom Hiddleston) journey continues in Henry V. Recently crowned King, he has scarcely settled onto the throne when the French ambassador brings a challenge to his rule. Inspired by his courtiers Exeter and York, Henry swears that he will answer the French with all force. The stage is set for all-out war, and the young … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Rupert Goold, Ben Power
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The young King of England, Henry(Tom Hiddleston), is out to prove himself. So, he looks longingly across the channel at contested lands in France. However, King Charles(Lambert Wilson) of France replies that he does not think he has the balls to invade, making sure to send him some tennis balls as a message. Regardless, Henry does have some ships for sailing and men under his command. Meanwhile, Princess Katherine(Melanie Thierry) starts learning a little English.

At the end of the first Hollow Crown cycle, we are finally on familiar ground with "Henry V." And as only suitable with such an often performed play, this production highlighted with an excellent lead performance from Tom Hiddleston finds its own angle. That is, it starts with Henry's funeral before flashing back under the watchful eye of John Hurt's stately narration. As odd as that might sound initially, it does highlight well how death hangs over every part of this play, especially as it involves a controversial passage being included for a rare change.

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