okay i’ve reached the point where i had a dream last night about making miniature pizzas in kurt wallander’s house and then discussed macbeth character and staging choices with a very dishevelled sir ken branagh.
at what point do i become a parody of myself?
yeah okay but the entire kenneth branagh tag is now pictures of lily james and richard madden and like
they’re both perfectly lovely people and i’m gonna see cinderella bc i would watch someone read the phonebook if kenneth branagh directed it (i recognize that i have a problem)
but come on i go in there to weep softly about wallander and giggle about old ridiculous photo shoots
i’m not sure if this is better or worse than the ‘giLDEROY LOCKHART DIRECTED THOR OMG’ posts
(i’m on a kick bc i just saw the twelfth night he directed and it was STUNNING)
THE BEEB REPORTED IT IT MUST BE TRUE
do you understand how excited i am about this
do you understand how many people i’m going to want to murder if they don’t film/dvd this
the two of them. THE TWO OF THEM.
i’m mentally extrapolating this production from this casting and wanting to curl up into a ball and roll around in it forever
P MUCH THEY’RE GOING TO BE THE MACB’S THAT MAKE ME THE SADDEST OF ANY THAT HAVE EVER BEEN.
(fun fact: i tried to type ‘branagh’ and almost got ‘baratheon’ instead)
Anonymous asked you:why do you like branagh so much?
oh man this is hard because, well, i totally realize that if we’re going with objective quality he’s not always the best??
he has this quality about him that makes me want to immediately engage with and invest in whatever character he’s playing, every time.
i think he’s fiercely honest as a storyteller. sometimes this results in decisions that make me cover my eyes and start muttering ‘ken, sweetie, was that really necessary??’ (i mean, have you SEEN the last 20 minutes of his hamlet??), but i always feel like it comes from a place of deep, unabashed emotion. dude is really bad at artifice. i always end up feeling like his thought process goes something like: ‘i have a lot of emotions about this and i’m going to illustrate that in big broad strokes because, frankly, what’s wrong with that?’
i find him personally inspiring because he decides on things and then barrels through whatever adversity until he gets them done. that’s something i really struggle with in terms of my own creative energies, so it’s helpful to remind myself that somebody who isn’t embarrassed to have big sweeping overwhelming feelings about stories can go out and make art happen.
he’s made some really excellent films and given some really excellent performances and he’s also been in some seriously unrepentantly SHIT films (oh god wild wild west is 2 hours of my life that would have been better spent watching paint dry) but his commitment and enthusiasm never seems to waver.
he just seems like somebody who’s response to the world is YES YES YES AND…! and that just makes me feel positively about him as an artist and as a person.
also i find him ludicrously fucking attractive.
full disclosure: i will be posting a bunch of branagh in celebration, and it will be tagged ‘sir ken birthday spam’ if you want to avoid that
also i’m thinking of making my permanent branagh tag ‘soundtrack by arse ponies’
on a scale from one to watching wild wild west EVER AGAIN how bad an idea is that?