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Shakespeare in Love December 1, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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This multi Oscar winning romantic comedy is something I relished in parts but ultimately liked it in the end. This movie is a fictional story about Shakespeare which traces his life during the time he wrote and staged “Romeo and Juliet”.

Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) promises a play to two rival theatre owners (Geoffrey Rush and Martin Klunes); but he is unable to find any inspiration to complete it. Also, Rush is in deep trouble as he has to payback a huge amount of money to Tom Wilkinson…and promises to make Wilkinson a partner for his upcoming play. So, he is constantly after Shakespeare to finish the play. Incidentally Shakespeare meets Gwyneth Paltrow and they fall in love…and finally he gets inspired to write his famous play. She in turn is fascinated by Shakespeare’s work and wears a disguise to feature in his play as women were not allowed to appear on stage during that time. Then there is Colin Firth who is about to marry Paltrow against her will. How it all ends is for you to see.

The initial portions of the movie are good but once the courtship between Fiennes and Paltrow starts there are very long and boring moments especially when they keep making out in bed spouting sonnets and lines from the ongoing play. But the second half and especially the climax are very well written which made me forgive the rest. The biggest strength of this movie is the supporting cast of Geoffrey Rush, Ben Affleck, Tom Wilkinson, Colin Firth and Judi Dench who provide most of the entertainment. There is some very subtle humour in this one which impressed me. Also, the rousing music score by Stephen Warbeck is a highlight.

This is actually only the second comedy which won the Best Picture Oscar. On the whole a pretty good period flick which should appeal to you if you can somehow sit through the boring parts.

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