Shakespeare in Love

{5/5} “Good title.”

Shakespeare in Love, released in 1998

In 1593 Will Shakespeare is having a bit of writer’s block. His patron is demanding a comedy, and soon. He has a title — “Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter” — and that’s it. Meanwhile, Viola wants to be an actor so much she will pretend to be a man. When Will and Viola meet, sparks fly — and a play takes shape.

Every second of this movie is delightful. Like Amadeus, it’s an amazing fictional story about a real historical person.

It’s a terrific love story, and you also get to see how plays were written and performed in the old days. And it’s hilarious.

Like many of Shakespeare’s plays there’s some deception and mistaken identity.

It’s about how a great play can affect anyone who sees it.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes are perfect.

Stars Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Affleck, Colin Firth, and Judi Dench. Directed by John Madden (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). The romantic music is by Stephen Warbeck.

This is the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve seen it.

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