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Shakespeare in Love

14 Ratings: 4.0
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Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: December 25, 1998
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Shakespeare in Love

The worldwide most told love story... from a different point of view.

  • Jun 11, 2009
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It is actor Joseph Fiennes who gives a face to this man, William Shakespeare, who's plays and sonnets are still well know, even though it's been 400 years since he wrote them. A man who has got to be one of the most well known historical figures, if not, one of the most brilliant ones.

The story (which is quite obvious if you look at the title) evolves around William Shakespeare in his early life. William is having a hard time completing a play he promised to write (Romeo and Ethel the pirates daughter). Thing is, he's stuck with something every writer will experience one day, a writer's block.
To overcome it, he starts looking for a muse, someone who could inspire him to start writing again.

At the same time when William is sobbing about his lost gift, the beautiful young woman Viola De Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) is introduced. She turns out to be a great (no, a huge) fan of William, which turns out to be in her advantage when she dresses up as a boy and auditions for Shakespeare's new play. Obviously the perfect introduction for a ‘forbidden' love.

Even though the movie gives you this pleasant feeling, due to some tremendous actors who show off their great acting skills and beautiful settings and costumes, there's one thing that bothers me.
I honestly have to say that I'm beginning to grow tired of these predictable storylines. Reading the back of the DVD-cover almost made me wonder if I shouldn't just place the DVD back on the shelve. (No kidding, predictable storylines can really ruin my mood).
However, It seems I chose best to just watch the movie, since a certain event may make the storyline a tad less predictable after all.

Actually, I'd have to thank this movie, for thanks to it I picked up my interest in William Shakespeare once again. His gift (I really call it a gift) to write down such beautiful words, is something I can only look up to.

In conclusion, is this movie worth watching? Yes, definitely! I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it. And if you don't, maybe you at least try to enjoy the... erhm... good looking actors.

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January 20, 2010
nice! Thank you for the review, Melissa!
June 11, 2009
Great to see you back Melissa! Maybe your novel will become a movie someday! So make the storyline as unpredictable as possible ;) I was one of the few in my english class that enjoyed reading Shakespeare, so I share your interest. I think you'll like @luan_gaines' review of The Players, something on my reading list - it is a novel about Shakespeare.
June 11, 2009
It's been a while, once again... Though I've got more time now to write reviews. Yeah, that would be nice (even better if someone writes a review about it here) =D I'm using some real life experiences in my novel, so that helps a lot with making it ‘unpredictable', and I'll do my very best to make the plot unpredictable, but, understandable. It's a shame that here in Holland we only get ‘basic' English, actually. Though it's not all that bad, since I can just watch movies and read books on my own accord. Thanks for telling me about the book ;)
June 11, 2009
Great review. I thought this was a great take on Shakespeare and I agree that some of it was predictable...but (stop reading if you haven't seen the movie) if it was a typical romantic comedy, I would have thought that they would end up together. As a viewer, I found myself rooting for that to happen and it left the ending a little bittersweet. What do you think?
June 11, 2009
I have to admit (even though I wouldn't have liked this movie as much as I do now, because the ending made the movie a whole less predictable) I was also (secretly) rooting for the two of them to end up together. It's a tragic love-story (not as tragic as Romeo and Juliet, but maybe a bit more like Tristan & Isolde, without tragic deaths) and since the story is in fact about William Shakespeare writing ‘Romeo and Juliet', I guess that gives the movie some strength plus a tad of credibility. And I can't help myself but quote ‘You can't always get what you want'.
June 11, 2009
Well said...it was better because it ended that way.
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