SHAKE­SPEARE IN LOVE (1998) 7TWO, 8.45PM, M, RO­MANCE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Seven Os­cars and theatres full of cheer­ing au­di­ences awaited this en­joy­able ro­man­tic com­edy af­ter its re­lease. Di­rec­tor John Mad­den ( MrsBrown) man­ages to evoke the squalor of 16th-cen­tury Lon­don per­fectly. Joseph Fi­ennes does a fan­tas­tic job as in­spi­ra­tiondry Will Shake­speare as he faces all the prob­lems of the mod­ern-day play­wright. He is run ragged by de­mand­ing theatre pro­duc­ers (Ge­of­frey Rush), tem­pes­tu­ous ac­tors and a petu­lant Queen El­iz­a­beth (Dame Judi Dench), when he spies a young up­per­class maiden-cum-muse (Gwyneth Pal­trow). With enough Bard in-jokes to have a thes­pian drool­ing, not to men­tion Dench steal­ing ev­ery scene she ap­pears in, this is a top-drawer film. ★★★ Ev­ery­thing here is ex­actly what you’d ex­pect – if only to please the fran­chise’s fan­boy base. ★★

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