The Hollow Crown: Richard II (2012)

An excellent adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s more overlooked plays. Ben Whishaw is a revelation as Richard II. Richard II’s voice, his manner of speaking, is so poetic, lyrical, elegant, that every scene without him in it feels cruder in comparison. He perfectly embodies the glory and majesty of house Plantagenet. Yet that glory and…

Richard II (~1595) by William Shakespeare

I’m not sure why this play is such a lesser-known and less popular work of Shakespeare’s, when it’s coherent in its own regard (like Richard III) without needing the other history plays as context, is full of powerful and meaningful writing, and has compelling characters and a strong focused story. Richard II’s voice, his manner…