I feel like I don’t know where to begin with this monumental Shakespeare event, and quite truly can’t get my own head around it. I’ve never really studied the history plays, and now here they are played out in front of me with pretty much every modern Shakespearean actor I could imagine (including Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, some guy named Patrick Stewsomething, and many many others). I started watching Richard II earlier , but became so engrossed in it so quickly that I had to remember that I had a family who had no idea what they were watching. So instead I promised myself an evening of nothing but the bliss of watching hour after hour of Shakespeare after they’ve all gone to bed.
Know what I did do? I broke out my First Folio, and started reading Richard II. I don’t know why people say “Don’t read the plays, see the plays” because the combination of the two is insane. You see it, and then you read it, and it’s like your own personal recorder fires up inside your brain and starts replaying the movie for you, whenever you want. Love it love it love it.