#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare’s play about the English King’s bloody conquest of France.
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Once seen never forgotten
This film surely must be in the frame for a number of best ever categories – best Shakespeare film adaptation, one of the best ever war films AND one of the best ever performances by a male actor. It’s truly stunning to see how Shakespeare’s words, which seemed dull and difficult to understand at school, can be spoken as passages of such depth, beauty and power. Not one in a thousand actors could do this convincingly – but Kenneth Branagh can.
I think this far outshines the Olivier version from 1944 (very good though that was). Branagh convinces (where Olivier does not always) as he gives a wider range of emotional responses to Henry – self questioning, compassionate, sad at the harsh realities of life. You can really believe that here is a young man who used to be a playboy now faced with having to grow up and behave as a king of England. As others have said, he gives such fire and charisma to the battle speeches that you want to march straight into battle yourself! And importantly, Branagh also convinces utterly in the romantic wooing of the French princess.
Naturally enough, the film focuses on the main actor playing Henry, but the supporting actors are also excellent. Derek Jacobi, particularly, does wonderfully in a difficult role. If I had to give one very slight caveat however, it would be that Emma Thompson (who I love as an actress), does not quite convince as a native French speaker, though she makes a good try at speaking the language rapidly. Perhaps Juliette Binoche would have been better here? But overall the obvious rapport between Branagh and Thompson (who were married at the time) is more important than any slight problems with the accent.
The only Shakespeare performance that tops this movie is seeing Branagh give a live performance on stage – I was privileged to see him (with Emma Thompson) perform Much Ado About Nothing in the late 1980s, and that’s still the best I’ve ever seen.
Don’t just see this – buy or record a copy. If you see it once, you will most likely want to see it over and over! 10/10
A Kingly Feast for the Eyes and Ears
“Henry V” marks Kenneth Branagh’s greatest achievement to date. Branagh not only directs this rich and visually stunning film, he stars as the title character. The movie opens with Derek Jacobi (Branagh’s Shakespearean mentor) in modern garb passionately delivering the prologue. Then we are taken into the dark, dank rooms of Henry’s castle. The king makes his dramatic entrance, complete with a Darth Vader style cape.
The entire film is filled with grandeur and pomp, with any faults in the story line being attributable more to Shakespeare himself than Branagh. Henry V as I remember it from my college English class is a decidingly pro-British play (and film). There is little question that France should be conquered, and Henry speaks of his war against France as if it were France that attacked England. Indeed, Henry’s famous “St. Chrispin’s day speech” is so rousing, that it has been quoted often and inspired the name of the “Band of Brothers” miniseries about World War II. This is no surprise, since Shakespeare’s prose is famously beautiful.
There is definitely a difference in the way that both sides of the conflict are presented. The French, at least in Branagh’s movie are presented as arrogant (and somewhat effeminate), while on the side of the English, even children are filled with manly courage. Henry is presented as noble, fair, and merciful. True he threatens the mayor of one French town, telling him that if he does not surrender the town, the English will do terrible things to its residents, but does not carry out his threat. He also hangs the one English soldier who steals from a French church, refusing to show favoritism for him just because he was his friend. Apparently mercy towards your own countrymen was not a virtue that Henry saw particularly important.
The films greatest attribute is its soundtrack, particularly the use of music in the scene following the battle of Agincourt in which the warring parties collect their dead for burial.
All in all, a fascinating look inside the mind of a king.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 17 min (137 min)
Genre Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Director Kenneth Branagh
Writer William Shakespeare (by), Kenneth Branagh (adapted for the screen by)
Actors Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Branagh, Simon Shepherd, James Larkin
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations.
Production Company Renaissance Films
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Ultra Speed MKII Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Ultra Speed MKII Lenses
Laboratory Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm