YMMV / Henry IV Part 1

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Falstaff a sad, old, cowardly man looking at the Crown Prince as a meal ticket, or is he an indefatigable mound of life and bombast who genuinely loves his Hal like a son? Is Hal a defiant, young hedonist living out the last flames of irresponsible youth before the weight of the crown comes crashing down on him, or is he a cold, calculating politician using the denizens of Eastcheap to craft his public image so he can appear so much finer in his reformation? Do Hal and Falstaff even really like each other? There are so many ways to play both characters. Compare the scene where Hal and Falstaff practice Hal's future encounter with his father the king in the 2012 BBC production and the 2010 Globe Theatre production.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sir John Falstaff, who instantly became the play's most beloved character, and remains a perennial favorite among Shakespeare lovers all the way up until the present day. He was so popular that Shakespeare gave him the starring role in another play, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Indeed, the Bard himself may have had a certain special fondness for the old knight- he has more lines of dialogue than any other of his characters aside from Hamlet.
    • Hotspur as well. It's easy to forget, but there was a time where every stage actor wanted to play him, rather than Falstaff.
    • Especially after the Hollow Crown production, Poins has become this for Parts 1 and 2, owing much to his close relationship with Hal.
  • First Installment Wins: This was a better received play than Part 2, both back then and today.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: As much of the page attests, just here for Falstaff.
  • Tear Jerker: Hal's eulogy to Hotspur.