The second part of Henry VI for The Hollow Crown series is a brisk and bloody affair, condensing the politics of a three part play, but containing a good deal of the bloodshed. It sensibly keeps the pace frenetic, however it does sacrifice some of the weight of the betrayals, as they happen at such rapid pace, as to become expected.
Yet, Henry VI Part 2 remains a fun Shakespearan adaptation as it introduces Benedict Cumberbatch as the sly and hunchbacked Richard, soon to be the lead in his own play, as we all know.
Cumberbatch is not an actor I have warmed to, but this seems to suit him well. His strange delivery, aiding his crunching Shakespearan dialogue. Part 2 may lack a little of the wit of the first part, and it has none of the iconography of Richard III, but it remains a very fine, political history. Full of witticism, insults and poetry.