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Henry V

Henry V
  • 1989
  • UK
  • 137 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Written by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, Alec McCowen, Judi Dench, Christian Bale

There are inevitable associations with Olivier in Branagh's choice of first feature, but he emerges with some credit as both director and performer. This is a much muddier version than its predecessor, both in the scrappy turmoil of the battle scenes and in the tempering of zesty jingoism with an appreciation of the human cost of conflict. Portraying the young king as a careworn, rather sullen warrior, the film seems to offer a more complex reading of the text.

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