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The way that Oscar-winning screenwriters Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard enfold their story within the parameters of Romeo and Juliet (and even Twelfth Night) is nothing short of brilliant--it would take a Shakespearean scholar to dissect the innumerable parallels, oft-quoted lines, plot developments, and thematic borrowings. And most amazingly, Norman and Stoppard haven't forgotten to entertain their audience in addition to riding a Shakespearean roller coaster, with director John Madden (Mrs. Brown) reigning in his huge ensemble with rollicking energy. Along the way there are small gems to be found, including Judi Dench's eight-minute, Oscar-winning turn as a truly regal Queen Elizabeth, but the key element of Shakespeare in Love's success rests on the milky-white shoulders of its two stars. Fiennes, inexplicably overlooked at Oscar time, is a dashing, heartfelt Will, and as for Best Actress winner Paltrow, well, nothing she'd done before could have prepared viewers for how amazing she is here. Breathtakingly beautiful, fiercely intelligent, strong-willed, and lovestruck--it's a performance worthy of Shakespeare in more ways than one. By the film's end, you'll be thoroughly won over--and brushing up your Shakespeare with newfound ardor. --Mark Englehart
One of those really good movies that I wanted to include in my collection, got it in a really good price.Published 8 days ago by Nelson José Olarte Prieto
Smart, witty, touching, A job well done by all, Judi Dench nails it. The movie was made 15 years ago, amazing!!! Probably would flop today, but for some it is timeless.Published 12 days ago by David Dunham
A wonderful film, full of wit, romance and adventure. Young Will Shakesoeare has a writer's block and is trying to find a muse to help him restore his gift. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Elizabeth A.
I bought this as a gift for a female relative and she loved it, or so she said.
I never saw it.
There's a reason that the bard is thus popular. This is a very entertaining movie and just plain worth the time to watch and enjoy the theater (or theatre if you are so inclined).Published 14 days ago by P. B. Terry
It's a good love story. If you know William Shakespeare you will appreciate the story better. Good for age 16 and above I think.Published 14 days ago by Albert B.