Monday, March 22, 2010

Maltin's Movies: Henry V (1989)

Kenneth Branagh made his mark around the world by directing and starring in HENRY V (stepping into the formidable shoes of Laurence Olivier, who did the same thing forty years earlier - an incredibly vital and meaningful rendition of the Shakespeare play.

After seeing Branagh's HAMLET, I heard about his version of this play and sought it out. Branagh gives a stellar performance and rises to the challenge of Henry's rousing St. Crispin's Day speech (where the phrases "we few, we happy few" and "band of brothers" originate). Also of note are the extraordinary battle scenes - which are all the more impressive since the film's total budget is estimated at around $9 million. Definitely worth a look.

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