Love's Labour's Lost
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But--a film musical based on one of Shakespeare's least-important works? Set in the late 1930's no less? Sounds almost as bad an idea as MOULIN ROUGE. Intrigued, we rented the film from Netflix.
AND FELL IN LOVE. Who cares about the chop-job he did on the "sacred" text? Who cares about the lack of voice in some of his singers? What we watched was a film that made us smile from the opening credits all the way through the final act.
Set aside your preconceptions about what a Shakespeare film should be. Set aside your ideas about what a musical should look like. Enjoy the fun of the film, the glamour of its costuming, its very likable cast. When most movies try to be either extravaganzas or "serious," it's nice to have Mr. Branagh and company give us something that does exactly what it sets out to do: give you a very pleasant entertainment.
Love's Labour's Lost is one of the Bard's lesser known plays and is very easy to understand. Although I seemed to rip on the movie, I truly did enjoy it. It's a light comedy, and even though it's Shakespeare, it won't have you scambling for your Cliffs Notes. A must see for fans of the Bard and musical lovers alike!
Perhaps Branagh thought that like his film adaptations of Henry V, and to a certain extent, Much Ado About Nothing, he could again dish out Shakespeare to the masses. Not in this case. I'm sure the whole cast sang really hard, and danced really hard, and gosh darn it, just gave it their all, but there's a limit. The singing, and dancing in this movie is amateurish at best. At worst, it's, well, frankly appalling. Although better choreography and less self-conscious singing may have helped matters, experienced moviegoers may wonder why in God's name Branagh wanted to stage musical numbers made famous by such virtuosos as Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. If you've seen American in Paris, Singin' in the Rain, or any of the Fred and Ginger musicals, you'll spend most of this movie cringing.
But what about Shakespeare? Does any of the Bard's poetry rise above this frothy mess of a musical? The answer to that is no, except when Branagh speaks. Then you suddenly remember that this man is one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of his generation, perhaps of all time. But these brilliant flashes of poetry are soon drowned out by another endless musical number. I could go on, but I won't. Let it suffice to say that there is really nothing to recommend this well-intended, yet hopelessly flawed musical adaptation save one person: Kenneth Branagh. And really, in all fairness, Branagh is the man responsible for the mess. So what should you do? Rent Branagh's Henry V, or Much Ado About Nothing, or, if you must see a musical, try Singin' in the Rain or Top Hat. But stay away from this movie unless you are a completist.
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Delightful. An excellent adaptation. The music and dancing are great.Published 5 months ago by Virginia Conterato
I must admit I look for every Shakespeare adaptation I can find. We have so many great actors and directors always coming up with fresh ways to present these marvelous plays. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brent
I liked it better than I thought I would, but I think it would have been better still without the Hollywood actors & the showtunes. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ThisIsNotMy"RealName(TM)"
A bit ridiculous as Shakespeare's character burst into 20th century show tunes at the drop of a hat, but amusing in its own way. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Philip Stern
I accept that this isn't the greatest performance of a Shakespearean play. But it is a fun to watch. It is full of songs and full of life.Published 15 months ago by Joseph
Movie has great singing and dancing. If you love Shakespeare movie this is a good one. Variety of actors and actressesPublished 19 months ago by Ada C Habig
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