Friday, 7 September 2012
Stage-to-screen review: Henry V (BBC Hollow Crown)
Thea Sharrock takes on directing duties for the final installment, and she's very much gone for a "boys' own story" take on the play, which after a credit sequence that predicts the hero's early death, jumps straight into action. This version of the story is a bloody and triumphant war movie that doesn't delve too deeply into Henry's dark side, except in a couple of sometimes odd ways. And having now followed his portrayal through three consecutive films, I'm not sure Hiddleston is the best Hal they could have found for the job - he never quite convinced me either as rowdy Hal or severe Harry.
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes.