Sunday, October 28, 2007
He may not be handsome - he has no lips. But boy is Branagh wonderful. I think the first movie of his I ever saw was Henry V. At the time I didn't get it, but I loved the rendition of Non Nobis at the end of the movie. After viewing it a few more times I began to get it.
Three things make it a great movie in my mind, the battle (which was very realistic and I think inspired many period battle scenes that came after it), Non Nobis, and Branagh's presentation of the St Crispen's day speech. I would go to battle after hearing Branagh rally the troops in that fashion.
I still enjoy his movie Dead Again. I saw Hamlet twice in the theater. Did you know you cannot by it on DVD?
I know some scorned his handling of Love's Labour's Lost but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Friday night, we watched As You Like It. It is still with me. It is good when a movie sticks with you.
Someday I will have to write about Shakespeare and the incredible ability of his writing to stretch credulity but still be among the most captivating works in the English Language.
But not tonight. I would love to hear what you think of Branagh or Shakespeare.