The worldwide most told love story... from a different point of view.
Jun 11, 2009
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.