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Saturday, July 8, 2023

At Home Entertainment

Aloha Everyone,

In our son and daughter-in-law’s home, they have Netflix, PrimeTime and Disney for their daughter. 

For our first week, we watched 2 movies.

Timothée Chalamet did a convincing portrayal of Henry V of England.  The two of us loved Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare version of Henry V where he gave an absolutely mesmerizing speech to rally his soldiers at the Battle of Agincourt.

Around the 14th century, Scottish King Robert the Bruce fought the English during the Scottish War of Independence.  Solid performances by the main cast in the beautiful backdrop of the Scottish highlands. Lots of court intrigue, murders, battles, imprisonment, lies, truths and real friendships.

J.J. and I gave these two films two thumbs up!

Marco Polo, his first adventure at the age of 15 or 16. His relationship with his birth father is complex. This is season 1 of a television series where the members of the court of Kublai Khan are introduced. I have read books on Kublai Khan. There are shades of similarity but this Netflix original was made for its faithful audience. Constant warfares, political intrigues, sex for survival and to gain favors.

Italian actor, Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco is well received. However for me, the most outstanding and memorable character is a blind monk called Hundred Eyes who serves Kublai Khan. Played by Tom Wu, a Hong Kong born British actor, he is a philosopher as well as a consummate Kung Fu martial artist. Just to watch Tom Wu show off his limitless skills while training Marco Polo is worth enduring rest of what our British friends call, “Total rubbish.”

Aloha -- Cathi