There is a history in all men’s lives,
Figuring the nature of the times deceased;
The which observed, a man may prophesy,
With a near aim, of the main chance of things
As yet not come to life, which in their seeds
And weak beginnings lie intreasured.
The way Hal (Jamie Parker) strokes the king’s hand in this scene (Henry IV Part 2 at The Globe) kills me. He’s like a little kid, playing with his dad’s hand while he tells him a bedtime story. It’s so familiar - so intimate and natural - one of the few times they actually make any physical contact and one of the only times the king isn’t yelling at him for being a wayward child.
And then his dad sighs: “My Harry…” and Hal has to turn away to stop himself from crying
Will fortune never come with both hands full,
But write her fair words still in foulest letters?
She either gives a stomach and no food;
Such are the poor, in health; or else a feast
And takes away the stomach; such are the rich,
That have abundance and enjoy it not.
despite the problems I may have with this falstaff, I like the extent to which we can sympathize with him.
the challenge of 2 Henry iv, I think, is that (in great contrast to Richard or 1 Henry I or Henry v) there isn’t a whole lot of plot. It’s not a bad thing, but it takes some dealing with.
I wish they’d given lady Mary the entirety of “go not to these wars” – she’s quite strong as lady Percy.
Henry’s “uneasy lies the head” soliloquy is beautiful – I’m glad they managed a way to do a soliloquy that isn’t a voiceover. It’s very effective.
DAMN doll has a knife
the thing between doll and falstaff is rather sweet, isn’t it?
how clever is it that they set up Hal hooking up with doll in part 1! It makes the following scene have so many more levels.
they aged falstaff very well, I think
Henry V really makes one forget that hal is not an only child.
Ah now, Hal and Henry: one of the best scenes in all the histories. They’re both wonderful actors; I have high expectations.
the film medium really allows Hal’s taking of the crown to be as epic as it should be. Oh my word, he’s crying.
I’m so glad that they allowed the great bittersweet sadness between Hal and Henry – a son who never thought he would see his father again – who, in effect, had the chance to mourn a living man to his face – to be so simple and honest.
“I know thee not, old man” – this must be one of the most heartbreaking scenes in all Shakespeare. Well done, team.
I’m glad they cut the epilogue – it wouldn’t have ended on the right tone if they kept it.
All in all, I enjoyed it thoroughly, though it did drag at times. It also seemed to not take place in the same world as Richard II, which is fine, although I did think they were trying too set it up as a continuous series. Tom hiddleston and Jeremy irons really carried the production, and I ended up liking falstaff’s performance much more than I initially thought I would.
I’d love to rewatch Henry V, but I’ve been staring at a screen for far too long, so this will be all for tonight.