- Beautiful, sad, patient... an almost perfect film. 12/27/2018 12:00:00 AM by roaming_charges_may_apply
It has been years since a Kenneth Branagh film made me feel something in the way this does. His Hollywood success has also been accompanied by a change in directorial style and a change in his focus on storytelling ... but this film returns to what made him so great early on ... a passion for the subject material. The end result is a period film that feels actually of the period, while also fully modern. Every frame of film is like a historical painting. And the story and characters are fully expressed. Slow, patient, sad, and beautiful - this is a wonderful film with wonderful writing, acting and directing. The pacing and editing is deliberate. What some critics have considered to be slow or meandering I would call the story taking it's time and earning it's value. Highly recommended.
- Beautiful and moving. 2/9/2019 12:00:00 AM by dsingerman
This was beautiful in many ways. Lovely photography and music by Patrick Doyle.Well acted of course by Kenneth Branagh and Judy Dench. A very nice screenplay by Ben Elton who is more famous for his comedy writing. He also wrote the wonderful TV series "Upstart Crow" which is a funny view of Shakespeare.This film is much more serious. I don't understand why this film has such a low IMDB rating.
- An excellent film 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM by john-longstaff-261-670400
Great acting, script, photography, music, atmosphere. I was moved to tears on several occasions. I laughed out loud many times. I doubted Ben Elton's capacity to sustain quality writing for a complete film but...he does it here.If there is a finer film than this in 2019 I hope I get to see it. Maybe I'm a simple soul and easy to please (oh no I'm not!) but I can't understand the 6 and 1 out of ten. Clearly more intellectual and demanding than me.The Swan of Sheffield
- Such things that dreams are made of. 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM by Phillipsreviewing
Powerful, justified and brilliant. Shakespeare is brought to life as the fragile genius you read in his work. Passionately displayed and full of mischief. However, had potential to be slow at times.
- Should get lots of Oscars 2/26/2019 12:00:00 AM by keithrichardkirwan
Can't remember when I saw such a good film acting, photography, sets everything