out of 4
All-Reviews.com Movie/Video Review
Shakespeare in Love
Review by MrBrown
3½ stars out of 4
This Brit-set period romantic comedy had been in the development stages
since 1990, with star pairings ranging from the promising (Kenneth Branagh
and Winona Ryder, currently displaying a nice rapport in Woody Allen's
_Celebrity_) to the potentially ghastly (Daniel Day-Lewis and...
accent-challenged Julia Roberts?!) attached. _Shakespeare_ has now
finally arrived onscreen, and, I am glad to report, in the right
hands--those of director John Madden and stars Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth
If Fiennes and Paltrow's charming lead turns as, respectively, the Bard
and Lady Viola, the woman who melts away his writer's block and inspires
_Romeo_and_Juliet_, is the lifeblood of this film, then its vigorous body
is the deliciously witty script by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, full of
great lines (most delivered by Judi Dench's Queen Elizabeth) and peppered
with intelligent details (sly allusions to Shakespeare's _Twelfth_Night_).
Madden is the film's spirit, coaxing memorable work from his cast--or,
rather, _most_ of his cast (co-star Ben Affleck is too contemporary to
convince as a pompous Elizabethan stage actor)--and striking a nice blend
of light and heavy, achieving true emotion in its finale. However, the
scale is definitely tipped toward the "light" side, for this fine film is
Buy movie posters!