So Hello_Tailor did a magnificent post of the Beeb's new Richard II starring Ben Whishaw as the flailiest drama king who ever did way too much drama and not enough kinging. Please check out her posts on the Hollow Crown series, they are amazing. The series itself is also amazing, as made evident by the beautiful Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal.
Unfortunately I missed the first half hour of the film, and I was watching it with my grandmother, so it didn't occur to me to start tweeting it until I had to flee the TV room because I was laughing so hard at Richard's flouncy outfits. Here is a transcript of my tweets, with illustrations (my tweets are in white, hello_tailor's in grey):
I did forget to draw from time to time, because the movie for all its crackiness is incredibly well-acted and beautiful, and it was REALLY HARD to look away from the gorgeous trainwreck that is His Jesusishness Richard II.
Perhaps 'MINE LOL' is not the best kingly strategy to employ, though gods know it's their favourite
Omg it's my favourite bit--i actually memorised the 'hollow crown' speech
I really don't think EVERYONE in England could have been this handsome, even if they were noblemen.
I really wish I'd done more Bolingbroke. He's very handsome too.
Anyway, there is a kerfuffle, Richard comes out with some HILARIOUS staging that I had no hope of being able to quickdraw but you can see on Hello_Tailor's post. I could, however, tweet about it.
Oh Richie, Richie are you wearing GLITTER?
Henry Bolingbroke just wants to get his assets back, but for some insane reason Richard decides to abdicate to him, which floors everyone.
Oh Bolls, your FACE.
Most horrified is the Queen, who is wandering in some trippy landscape when she gets the news:
Bolingbroke now confronts all those loyal to Richard, who insist that for the coronation to be legit Richard should be seen giving it away. Which led to a couple seconds of this:
'Wait, you can't take the crown, Richard hasn't had his most epic scenery-chewing yet!' Also, great job on the donkey-pony, I see what u did
Here follows an epic sequence in which Richard uses the handover as an excuse to grandstand on a cosmic level. Here is what I probably looked like through most of it (except when I snapped to attention and remembered to scribble or post):
Holy shit Tweeps, every single time Richard even began to hand the crown over he would drag it back and start showboating. Allies and enemies alike--and me--just stared at him, all thinking the same thing.
YOU KINGTEASE RICHARD, JUST GIVE HIM THE FUCKING CROWN
And then he asked FOR A MIRROR so he could see himself WOE-MONGERING.
Oh burn, Bolingbroke. A cut direct.
'The shadow of your sorrow, the shadow of your face.' Don't call out a drama king while he's drama kinging, Bolls, come on.
Bolingbroke: Fuck's sake, I just wanted my house back.
Anyway, Richard finally Nestea Plunges himself out of kingship, and they send him to the Tower of London. Or at least the lines say so, though the production design suggests otherwise.
Since when did the Tower of London have a cave??
But his loyal subjects plot to bring Richard back, and they might have gotten further if it hadn't been for lovely, empty-headed Aumerle:
Aumerle, you pretty little moron, why didn't you just stamp the whole damn plan on your forehead?
Anyway, they get the pretty boy to shoot his pretty king in a satisfactorily St Sebastian-like way and drag his body back to now-King Bolingbroke:
Richard's last wish to Aumerle: *shows him religious icon* 'This, make sure I look JUST LIKE THIS.' 'Twas his last & greatest flounce.
THE END. If you still have no idea what this movie was about...er, I don't blame you. Sorry about that.