Sweet playful fictive story about what could have lead Shakespeare into writing "Romeo and Juliet" and his later epics. The film has a poetic quality to it and a love for the theater that is lovely to behold. I guess it demands some love for the Bard's writings but Gwyneth Paltrow was not really the right person for the main role as her disguise as a man doesn't fool anyone.
""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.
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.