SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998)
Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rupert Everett, Geoffrey Rush, Ben
Affleck, Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Martin Clunes, Tom Wilkinson, Simon
Callow, Steve O'Donnell and Sandra Reinton.
Screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman.
Directed by John
Distributed by Miramax Pictures. 122 minutes. Rated
Shakespeare In Love
Proof in these post-Farrelly times that a movie can be
smart and still very funny – how's that for a high-concept?
A fanciful yarn about the young bard as a lazy, conniving
pulp writer with his eye always on the next paycheck is funny – and probably
much more accurate than the heroic figure we cut for him today. Joseph
Fiennes (Ralph's younger brother) cuts a striking pose as a writer who is
hounded by writer's block until he meets the beautiful woman of his dreams (Gwynneth
The film feels completely contemporary, and yet the period
detail is uncanny at the same time (except, I rather doubt that Shakespeare
wore a leather jacket that looks like it is straight out of a designer
catalogue.) This film celebrates the joy of the theatre and can cause a new
respect and curiosity towards Shakespeare, even in the people who couldn't
be bothered with Cliff Notes. (12/98)
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