Pros: Great acting and direction!
"Theres no writer that shall not perish, but what his hand hath written endureth ever. Write, therefore, nothing but what wilt please thee when thou shall see it on the day of resurrection."
- The thousand & One Nights
William Shakespeare makes love out of his words. He is one of the best authors of poetic works and plays, of whos works I have become familiar with. He has a way with his words that has the ability to reach all audiences regardless of age or gender.
He has inspired me in so many ways. I was lead in the right path when my teacher directed me like a yahoo map on the way to quatrains , couplets, different rhyme schemes, sonnets, odes and plays. His works might have been drawn from the 16th century but it has built a love in my heart since the 20th.
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
- William Shakespeare
So many times I have had the pleasure of reading a number of his artistic conceptions or watching adaptations of his plays. But it wasnt until the other day that I came across a movie that interested me more than I thought it could. Unfortunately, I was unable to really get into the swing of it but decided to pick it up to watch it whenever I felt like it and I am happy to say, the movie Shakespeare in Love was truly love beyond poetry; An invigorating love story that centers around the greatest playwright ever.
Like many authors, William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is experiencing writers block. He is experiencing emptiness that seeks a soul mate. And with a price on his hands, he is really desperate for his organ of imagination to take flight.
And then something happens. Will comes up with a new play, a comedy entitled Romeo and Ethel The Pirates Daughter. A noble woman named Viola De Lesseps (Gwynneth Paltrow) is interested in auditioning for a role in Shakespeares new play. Unfortunately, Londons customs at the time did not permit woman to do stage work. Parts for woman were portrayed by men in petticoats and wigs. So in an effort to do what she feels is her true calling, she dresses up as a man named Thomas Kent and lands the role of Romeo.
And since you know you cannot see yourself,
so well as by reflection, I, your glass,
will modestly discover to yourself,
that of yourself which you yet know not of.
- William Shakespeare
The minute that Viola auditioned as Thomas Kent, even dressed as a man, William was drawn to her. She had beauty and grace. And she had this passion that she allowed to erupt on the stage that really made Shakespeare feel safe.
Viola is pretending to be Thomas Kent and is bringing back letters that Shakespeare in love is sending to Lady Viola in an effort to woo her heart. True in love, he truly writes to her a sonnet; Sonnet 18 to be exact with words like "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" that disabled Viola from holding the truth in any longer. That is when the romance unravels with enough heat to launch a thousand ships. Soon she and William are caught in a forbidden romance that provides rich inspiration for his play.
Viola inspires Williams greatest work. The name of the play changed from Romeo And Ethel The Pirates Daughter to a tragic love story Romeo & Juliet. William changed it to a tragic story when he found out that Viola was betrothed and would soon be married to Lord Wessex. She inspired his greatest work to be performed on London Stage which lead to her being the name of the heroine in his play to follow Twelfth Night.
The Academy Award winning best picture Shakespeare in Love features an eccentric group of actors. Gwenyth Paltrows role reminds me of Julie Andrews role in Victor/Victoria. Her emotions seem real. She adds vivid expressionism into the scene she is featured in and really acted on the strength of romance well. Her Academy Award & Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for this role is well deserved. The 123 minute movie is Rated R due to sexually explicit content. Shall I also mention that there is nudity.
Beyond the Academy Award Winning costumes by Sandy Powell were scenes of passionate lovemaking. Joseph and Gwenyth share the screen so well. They made the story of true romance as if it were real. John Madden and Tom Stoppard wrote and directed a really wonderful play. Every minute of it drew interest and I loved the poetic language featured.
The ending reminds me of the movie The Piano with the imagery of Viola drowning in the water. The scene harmonized with spoken word has a high top effect that kind of brings an even balance to this silky smooth story. The romance in this movie is so beautiful. I love stories from the hands of Shakespeare, but it was the fact that this movie was a fictional story based around the life of the greatest playwright ever known that made me really love this story.
Shakespeare in Love focused on the challenges that lead to the author writing the play Romeo & Juliet. And the scenes featured in his greatest play ever were based around the events that took place in the short lived romance of William and Viola. from the balcony scene to the very trusting and comical maid that helped her to be in that love they so shared. This really is a great movie and I love it.