The outer layer is quirky and funny, but deep down this movie is as romantic and fragile as the conception of the work it chronicles. Despite historical inaccuracies, it plays almost as theatre itself. Minimal locations, characters, elaborate costumes, and romantic banter. For an avid fan of Shakespeare's (or whoever it was) work, this was a very entertaining two hours.
Certainly deserved some of the copious praise it received upon release. The script is quite good and the performances all around are believable and delightful. Deserves credit for bringing Shakespeare to the forefront of the country's consciousness again in a way that was palpable and easy going down.
After watching 'Saving Private Ryan', I thought an injustice had been done when I remembered that it didn't win Best Picture and 'Shakespeare' did. After watching this film, while I still think 'Ryan' was a bit better, I can respect the Academy's decision. This is a good film.
despite (or maybe because of ) all the Oscars it won I still consider this brilliant film to be one of the most underrated films ever. this is my favorite romantic comedy, period film and biopic (if it can be called that since it's not based on facts but entirely fictional).
""What light is light, if Silvia be not seen, What joy is joy, if Silvia be not by?" To me, this movie is incredibly underrated. But I am not to be trusted, since I'm a lover and loyal devotee of the Barb. The modern version of the love sonnet, crafted in worship of the man who wrote it best. Exquisite writing, great soundtrack. My heart fills with joy listening to the delivery of those beautiful verses.
if you're into sweet, romantic films that don't end completely in tragedy or death, this is one of the best. I don't know why it has such a low rating. it's well acted and designed. The script is clever and fun. You just have to suspend your disbelief. It isn't a historically accurate film but it's one that enchants you with the ideas of love and passion.