Today (October 25th) being St. Crispin’s Day, I feel it is only right to give a speech. That is to say, share a speech – one written by none other than William Shakespeare himself. The above clip, in which King Henry V addresses his troops before the Battle of Agincourt, is taken from Kenneth Branagh’s 1989 film adaption of Henry V.
Reading the St. Crispin’s Day speech (click here) is one thing; hearing it delivered with the power and irresistable charisma that Branagh demonstrates is another thing altogether. Kinda makes you want to grab a sword and fight alongside these fellows.
It has its flaws, but Kenneth Branagh’s Thor is big, bold, and terrific fun. Phenomenal acting. Dazzling visual effects. Spectacular action. Liberal doses of humor and wit. And grander themes of honor, humility, and sacrifice. All in all, it more than holds its own in the pantheon of Marvel superhero films.
“I have sacrificed much to achieve peace. So too must a new generation sacrifice to maintain that peace. Responsibility! Duty! Honour! These are not mere virtues to which we must aspire! They are essential to every soldier, to every king!”
(I’ll be posting a more in-depth review
of Thor on my movie blog Reel Quick)
"But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think." – Lord Byron