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Henry V

Henry V

1944
Drama
War
2h 17m
Based on one the most popular historical plays by Shakespeare and made in order to boost moral of British troops during WW2... (imdb)
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Henry V

1944
Drama
War
2h 17m
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Rated 17 May 2009
75
54th
Olivier makes the Bard palatable to a dummy like me. Much of the fat (and cynicism) was cut from the text, leaving an exciting, thoughtful, and engaging tale. Olivier injects the play with a dose of humor. And he blurs the line between theater and cinema, opening the film in the Globe Theater and gradually drawing the proceedings into the world of reality. Olivier is clearly in his element, turning in a compelling performance. In fact, the entire cast is quite good.
Rated 29 Jul 2009
62
14th
There's nothing particularly bad here, but I was mostly uninterested. The opening is cool but after that the visuals are really bland and the film brought little to the table, feeling like a series of scenes strung together more than a coherent tale.
Rated 25 Jul 2009
79
66th
# 419
Rated 14 May 2018
78
58th
I don't really know what to say about it other than "it's decent." The fourth-wall breaking structure works surprisingly well and it's one of the most accessible and straight-up joyous Shakespeare adaptations I've ever seen. In fact, I'd probably recommend this to the top of the list as a first-time film for those more unfamiliar with the bard's work. That being said, there's also nothing particularly masterful about it, and the more nationalistic and militaristic elements make it feel dated.
Rated 26 Jul 2008
70
53rd
Beautiful and cleverly staged Shakespeare adaptation. The comedy falls a bit flat, however.
Rated 12 Jan 2012
50
30th
Not a great adaptation. The framing device lasts too long, few of the actors other than Olivier himself have the ability to bring Shakespearian dialogue to life, and the direction, music, and general style are generically '40s.
Rated 03 Aug 2012
3
73rd
Propagantastic
Rated 25 Jul 2009
80
60th
395
Rated 22 Nov 2009
70
55th
I am not the audience for whom Shakespeare was writing. Nonetheless, even though I am kind of a Shakespeare idiot, this is a pretty darn watchable film, and MUCH better than Kenneth Branagh's version. A lot of little creative touches are added instead of just slavishly reproducing the play on film, and the combat scenes are exciting no matter how many sword & horse battle scenes you have seen
Rated 09 Apr 2009
100
93rd
Immensely stirring, experimental and almost wholly successful production of Shakespeare on film, sturdy both in its stylization and its command of more conventional cinematic resources for the battle.
Rated 15 Mar 2019
87
49th
86.50
Rated 23 Mar 2014
87
91st
87.000
Rated 29 Sep 2021
2
21st
I've better enjoyed other renditions of this work. This seems little else than blustering propaganda. Hail the conquering hero. It is rather ambitious and high concept, being somewhere between a filmed play and "proper" cinema. Even so, the staginess leaves me cold.
Rated 25 Aug 2023
80
78th
The archaic language is still there, making some bits a little cryptic, but I can see how this would be a rally-round-the-flag movie. The sets are both incredibly hokey and yet just perfect for the story. Quite enjoyable.
Rated 29 Oct 2009
3
51st
Outstanding cinematography and costume design. Dialog and plot true to the play..
Rated 07 Feb 2011
50
38th
Very nice sets and Technicolor is stunning, but I am just too dumb to appreciate Shakespeare. It feels dated, and it probably felt dated when it was first released. If you are average joe like me, I doubt you will find this film entertaining. I know I felt bored to death.
Rated 27 Oct 2011
83
74th
83.375
Rated 27 Sep 2008
90
82nd
Very creative, having the first half a preformence at the Globe theater!
Rated 03 Feb 2021
68
37th
The Shakespearean performances are marvelous, to be sure, but the sets and presentation leave something to be desired.
Rated 14 Jan 2010
80
60th
407
Rated 27 Sep 2010
60
26th
I feel like I should like this more than I did. The idea of moving from play to "real life" is a good one, and is executed brilliantly. And Olivier's performance is quite good, more subtle that Branagh's version. However, the comic scenes consistently fall flat, and Olivier as director of the action does little to remove the staginess of the play until the very final scenes. Maybe that's part of the point, but that doesn't make it any easier to sit through.
Rated 18 Mar 2019
50
77th
This was a struggling experience. So fascinating in turns, yet the stage play atmosphere of it was a big turn-off. I'm not a theater man. What they attempted didn't compute well on screen, regardless of how much flashy color they threw in there. That they seemingly couldn't decide on doing it play-style or go adventure mode only made it more confusing. I can't deny them trying something completely different compared to contemporary trends was intriguing and quite a few of its scenes did have me.
Rated 09 Dec 2009
100
91st
Olivier's performance is one of the most brilliant ever captured on film, in this, the first film version of Shakespeare's great drama. The entire film is superb in every detail. The battle scenes are brilliantly directed by Olivier, the color photography is breathtaking.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
80
60th
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