The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 2, Richard III (AKA The Hollow Crown Season 2)

Summary:


Series Length: 6 hours in 3 episodes


Could I have watched this with my Dad? : Yes.


Could I have watched this with my Mom? : Maybe.


Language: None.


Sex/Romance: There is an affair depicted, and a sex scene that was shown between scenes of another character's murder, which was weird.


Violence/Gore: There was a lot of both in these movies. I actually started getting uncomfortable with just how gory some depictions were. These "episodes" are based around wars, and along with that comes severed limbs, cut throats, beheadings, heads on pikes, stabbings, and a lot of bleeding out of mouths. Murders abound in these episodes as well.


Music: Well-suited, but nothing awe-inspiring.


Did I feel the need to leave the lights off and sit in silence afterward? : After Richard III just a bit.


Thoughts:


These episodes are way more about political subterfuge, underhanded dealings, backstabbings (is that a word?), shady deals behind closed doors, and masterful manipulation. I hate all of these things with a passion, so I had a much harder time watching this season.


I didn't know who to root for most of the time, and I'm not sure if that was a good or bad thing. I also don't know if it was meant to be like that or not. The wars of the roses were horrible and the fighting was brutal and bloody and painful to watch. These are definitely not feel-good movies/plays. Even in comparison to the first season they are much darker and bloodier.


Some of the artistic choices they made with Richard III were...interesting. I didn't really love or hate them. They were choices.


The prosthetics on Richard III were phenomenal.


Richard's personal tick in Richard III, the tapping, drove me mad almost immediately. I ended up having to mute whenever I saw his fingers start to tap because I couldn't handle it and it distracted me from everything else. Thankfully I watch everything with captions anyway, but it was still very frustrating having to mute some of the most critical portions of the episode.


Henry VI was super frustrating but still garnered my sympathy in the end. A fantastic actor.


Margaret of Anjou was absolutely infuriating. I hated her with a burning passion, and she also was a fantastic actor.


Overall Series:


All three episodes had a cohesive style. I think having a single director for the episodes was a much better choice for this season as it ensured that all three were made with the same vision and thus fit together as three pieces of the same story.


The language was pretty easy to follow in all of the episodes.


It was fascinating to see Richard III's rise across the season. I have only ever seen Richard III produced before, so seeing sort of his "origin story" gave a whole new perspective and depth to his character.


Quality Across the Series: Here's the thing. The actual quality was probably a 4 for all three episodes. However, for me at least, the enjoy-ability was more as follows...


Henry VI Part 1 - ⭐⭐

Henry VI Part 2 - ⭐⭐⭐

Richard III - ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Was this a good use of several nights with the house to myself? : Sure.


In the End: 3 out of 5 stars.

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