King Henry V of England is insulted by the King of France. As a result, he leads his army into battle against France. Along the way, the young King must struggle with the sinking morale of his troops and his own inner doubts. The war culminates at the bloody Battle of Agincourt.Written by
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Sir Kenneth Branagh's directorial debut. See more »
It's in Shakespeare's text, but during the English lesson between Katherine and Alice, Katherine switches from the familiar "tu" (which is to be expected when a princess addresses a servant) to the formal "vous" (which would be appropriate for a younger person addressing an older one, were the younger one not of royal blood) in her first line of dialogue in the scene, and continues using it throughout thereafter. See more »
O! For a Muse of fire, that would ascend; The brightest heaven of invention; A kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene. Then should the war-like Harry, like himself, assume the port of Mars; And at his heels, leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire crouch for employment.
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I admit that bringing Shakespeare to the big screen is tough. There are subtleties and nuances - and limitations - about stage productions that cinema simply can't capture.
That being said, this is by far the best adaptation of Shakespeare to the big screen of the past fifteen years. The director does an admirable job of making every scene seem plausible - with slight suspension of disbelief - on stage.
Kenneth Branagh, while he strikes me as a bit full of himself, is fantastic as the young, vain, ambitious title character, while Paul Scofield, Henry's French counterpart, delivers an equally impressive performance as the king who understands the gravity of Henry's invasion of France.
Aside from Shakespeare's obvious bias toward British interests - which have little to do with the big-screen production - this is an amazing film.
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