2 November 2015

The Hollow Crown - Henry IV Part Two

The Hollow Crown – Henry IV Part Two 2012
  • Director: Richard Eyre
  • Based on play by William Shakespeare
  • Cast: Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russel Beale, Julie Walters, Michelle Dockery, David Dawson, Maxine Peake, Reece Shearsmith
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Jeremy Irons – Beautiful Creatures, Henry IV Part One, The Kingdom of Heaven, Being Julia, The Merchant of Venice, Longitude, The House of the Spirits, Waterland, Kafka, Reversal of Fortune, The French Lieutenant’s Woman
    • Tom Hiddleston – Henry IV Part One, The Deep Blue Sea, Thor, Wallander, Cranford,
    • Simon Russel Beale – Henry IV Part One, This England, My Week with Marilyn, The Deep Blue Sea, Hamlet, Orlando
    • Julie Walters – Henry IV Part One, Harry Potter 1-8, Mamma Mia, Becoming Jane, Driving Lessons, Wah-Wah, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot, Titanic Tow, Intimate Relations, Prick Up Your Ears, Educating Rita
    • Michelle Dockery – Henry IV Part One, Downton Abbey, Hannah
    • David Dawson – Henry IV Part One, Dancing on the Edge, Gracie
    • Maxine Peake – Henry IV Part One, The Theory of Everything
    • Reece Shearsmith – The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead, Birthday Girl
  • Why? Shakespeare
  • Seen: 1 November 2015 

This is the first Shakespeare play we saw performed on stage in English. It was in London in 2008 and we were enthralled. We didn’t understand so much but it was an unforgettable experience.
Somehow, though, much of the play itself is forgettable and though the cast put a lot of pathos into their parts and the settings are handsome it’s difficult for me to get involved.
With that said, it’s still a very good film. Again Hiddleston and Irons give masterly performances. Even Beale makes one pity Falstaff for being old and pathetic.
As often with Shakespeare plays it gets stronger and pulls together in the end. The ‘I know thee not, old man’ scene is very well done. The hoodlum Hal is now king and the boisterous and self-serving Falstaff is rejected.
So it goes, the grinding wheel of history.

4 * of 5 

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