Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Review: Henry IV, Part Two by William Shakespeare
My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
The second part of Henry IV focuses on how Prince Hal finally turns away from his wanton youth to become a responsible King to succeed his father with several interludes following the comedic escapes of Sir John Falstaff. Unfortunately in Part 2 the comedic scenes overwhelm the dramatic portions of the history not due to their number or length, but tediousness. The highlights of the play are Act IV, Scene IV in which Hal and King Henry fully reconcile and Act V, Scene V in which Henry V casts asides Falstaff; however the rest of the time the reader and watcher are just anticipating and are not getting entertained.