Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love
Review: This is a story of a young Shakespeare. He runs out of ideas and has got no cash. Shakespeare meets his perfect woman and gets inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
Director: John Madden
Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson, Martin Clunes, Simon Callow, Colin Firth, Jim Carter, Ben Affleck and Judi Dench
Year: 1998
Genre: Comedy, Drama and Romance
Conclusion: 4/5
One of the best plays ever produced. Great performances and all from such a wonderful cast. Ben Affleck took the part of this film only to be near then-girlfriend, Gwyneth Paltrow. He was also asked if he could play the part of William Shakespeare but declined. Kate Winslet and Nicole Kidman were offered the role of Viola but both turned it down. At the Academy Awards in 1999 this film came away with 7 Oscars. They were for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Gwyneth Paltrow), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Judi Dench although only on the screen for about 9 minutes of the whole film), Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design and for Best Music, Original Music or Comedy Score. At the Golden Globe Awards the same year it won 3 awards and they were for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical (Gwyneth Paltrow) and for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture. At the Bafta Awards the same year it won 3 awards and they were for Best Film, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Judi Dench) and for Best Editing. This film is listed in Barry Norman’s top 50 Greatest British Films that was published in the Radio Times. One film critic wrote “You can’t mess with a movie that speaks the language of love with such hotblooded delight. And in iambic pentameter, too.”

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