Shakespeare is a beautiful form of drama. It speaks to human emotions on all level, from blithe humour to darkest evils within soul. But in today's INTERNET, hip-hop world, the appeal fades for the general masses. The Hard-Core Will addicts still treasure his tales, his prose, but younger generations think they should be modernised because it's too hard for their patience. Well, I saw 12-year-olds adoring this Branagh's Henry, and with just cause. When you find 12 and 13-years-olds watching this movie without being "forced", it tells you something of Branagh's power. The man was born to speak the words, and lead the way for others to suspend the "its too hard". Suddenly the KEY is there. Under Branagh's magic, the words have their full power, their majesty, their impact. Branagh speaks Will's words as Will intended them, with a natural ease that makes one question why we don't still speak this way!
The movie is brilliant from start to finish. Branagh is magic, a sorcerer conjuring in others the ability to follow "his pied piper". It just does not get any better than this. And Derek Jacobi is Branagh's match.
Sigh, why can they not do all Shakespeare's works on film with the same power?