I think I’ve mentioned this at some point but I am notoriously slow when it comes to television shows and movies that come out. I mean, I am too with new releases with books, but it takes forever before I finally get around to movies and show that I’ve been meaning to check out. So yeah, when Netflix dropped season 1 of Daredevil, I was curious (the whole subscription network like Netflix picking up a Marvel show like Daredevil, the fact that Daredevil was adapted to a television show instead of a movie, etc.) but I took a while before finally getting around to watching the series. Contains spoilers if you haven’t watched the show yet!
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the King dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The Pope and most of Europe oppose him. Into this impass steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer, and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?
You’ve likely seen me post about this adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s books (review #1 and review #2) here and there since January but I never actually got around to putting together an actual post about the show itself until now. Oops. Here I am correcting the matter now 😛 Contains spoilers if you haven’t seen the series or read the books…or if you don’t know much about the history of this period?
HENRY V has settled onto the throne and has the makings of a fine King. The French AMBASSADOR brings a challenge from the FRENCH DAUPHIN. Inspired by his courtiers, including EXETER and YORK, HENRY swears that he will, with all force, answer this challenge.
I had watched “Richard II” (review) and “Henry IV” (review) earlier this year but for whatever reason never followed up with Henry V. I did read the play months ago (review) and I think my experience there might have been the partial cause there, but anyway, here we are now 🙂
The heir to the throne, PRINCE HAL, defies his father, KING HENRY, by spending his time at MISTRESS QUICKLY’s tavern in the company of the dissolute FALSTAFF and his companions. The King is threatened by a rebellion led by HAL’s rival, HOTSPUR, his father NORTHUMBERLAND and his uncle WORCESTER.
Continuing along with my watch of The Hollow Crown! I had watched Richard II (review) a few months ago but only got around to watching Henry IV more recently. I’ve decided to combine my reviews of part 1 and part 2 of Henry IV in one post since they are connected.
Fey, vain and foolish, young Richard initiates his downfall by banishing Henry Bolingbroke and the Earl of Mowbray as a resolution to their feud and then confiscating the lands of his uncle, Bolingbroke’s father John of Gaunt, on John’s death,to pay for a war in Ireland which he loses.
Regarding the following video: Sorry, rather than using the main trailer featuring all four episodes, I tried finding clips to each episode. So here’s a scene from Richard II instead 😉
At long last I have gotten my hands on The Hollow Crown DVD boxed set 😀 I have not read any of the history plays by Shakespeare as of yet save for Julius Caesar (review) so this was going to be a new experience for me. I thought about reading the plays first but I am too excited to wait and watch this (with the production value and the casting looking so brilliant) so I decided to start watching it instead 😉