Henry V (1989)

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Released Year: 1989
Runtime: 137 minutes
Genre: Drama, History, War
Directors: Kenneth Branagh

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Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.

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100
TV Guide Magazine - Unnamed
Straightforward, energetic, updated Bard. 28-year-old star-director-adapter Kenneth Branagh's spellbinding version of Shakespeare's Henry isn't superior to Olivier's 1944 version - it's different, and complementary to it.
90
Time - Richard Corliss
Big and pretty, vigorous, thoughtful, this Hamlet expands the story with helpful flashbacks.
90
Washington Post - Hal Hinson
Most astounding, though, is the power of the film's leading actor. While Branagh's direction is forthright and articulate, his acting is brash and flamboyant.
88
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
What works best in the film is the over-all vision. Branagh is able to see himself as a king, and so we can see him as one.
88
Boston Globe - Jay Carr
One of the things that make [Branagh's] Henry V so thrilling is his audacity in trying to turn it into an antiwar play - a view that would have astounded Shakespeare. Astonishingly, he pretty much brings it off, emerging with steadily growing power as the young king who isn't afraid to bloody his hands. [15 Dec 1989]

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