“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…”

Henry V was a young English king — driven, vigorous — who led British troops to victory at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, when he was only 29. He died six years later.

King Henry will be portrayed by 23 year-old Timothee Chalamet in David Michod‘s The King (Netflix, 10.11 theatrical, streaming 11.1). The great Laurence Olivier was 36 or 37 when he portrayed the same noble, aggressively spirited fellow in Henry V (’44). There’s no point in comparing the films or for that matter the two performances. We all understood we’re living through an Age of Collapse and Degradation. There’s no stopping the process.

The beheading scene clip presumably depicts the death of one of the conspirators (possibly Thomas Grey) behind the Southampton Plot. Has anyone who’s about to be beheaded ever cried like some pathetic, shrieking candy ass? I don’t think so, but movies like The King would have you believe otherwise.