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The film uses various techniques to present a particular view of the war against France What is that interpretation and how does the film convey it Although the Branagh version of Shakespeares Henry V remains very close to the text with only a few lines left out of the film the movie portrays a very clear and distinct message about war and Branaghs opinion on the matter Henry V is fundamentally a play about war and it would have been very easy for Branagh to make his version of the play into a film that glorified war Instead Branagh took the opportunity to make a statement about what he felt was the true essence of wars - both medieval and modern It is clear through Henry V that Branagh thinks that wars are a waste of precious human life and in the end are fruitless causing more loss than gain From the very first battle at Harfleur Branaghs low opinion of war is shown When we first see the fighting it is dusk and the sky is further darkened by smoke instantly creating a morbid feeling Combined with the muddy and wet terrain the cheerless soldiers and the overbearing size of the castle which they hope to achieve it is clear not only that the English army must fight against all the odds to win but that even the conditions are detrimental to the English cause The scene where Bardolph Nym and Pistol are backing away from the battle to save themselves is an important inclusion to the film Had Branagh intended the film to be a glorification of war this small scene could have easily been removed However he chose to keep it in his film because it actually assists the message which he attempts to convey This scene although still clearly comical as Shakespeare intended it to be it implies that not all soldiers are valiant and brave and
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