Fiennes family is proving to be quite a little clanmove
over Baldwins! Joseph "Joey" Fiennes, the baby
brother of (sigh) Ralph (pronounced "Ray-ff")
Fiennes has truly mesmerized me with his brilliant performance
of William "Willy" Shakespeare. I have to say
I was taken aback by the odd sex appeal he had, even though
Joey looked like he didnt know the definition of the
word "bathtub"grub-o-rama! But thats
how it was in those days I guessthe stinkier, the
"Shakes" has a bad rap as a dull playwright
who tortured us throughout our high school years. We more
sophisticated folk of the 20th century find Willys
World hard to comprehendwith all those "thous"
and "thees" sometimes you dont know what
the h-e-double hockey sticks theyre talkin about!
And no women in theater? No running water with whicheth
to washeth thine filth offeth? Can you imagine-eth? No Cineplex?
No DVDs? No BVDs?
And yet, Shakespeare actually was a hellion of his timeand
not the Polly Pure Bread our 11th grade English teacher
would have you think. He was the quintessential starving
actor of his day in 1593he sounds pretty cool now,
huh? hey if he really looked like Fiennes I'd have oinned
man and quill to the Blarney Stone for a lick.
this flicketh, Shakespeare is hard at work on his
new play "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirates Daughter."
Dear readers, do you now see how a title is everything?
As the story goes, Philip Henslowe (ever brilliant Geoffrey
Rush), the owner of the Rose Theatre is depending on Sheakspeare
to produce him a hit to save the theater from the creditors.
Only snafuWilliam has writer's block. Voila! Enter
Viola De Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow), his libidic inspriration.
Shakespeare in Love is not a completely accurate
story -Duh. It takes Hollywood liberties.For one, he didnt
look like Joseph Fiennes, so scoring with a rich talented
chick-babe like Viola was not quite so likely- groupies
or not his women (and there evidently were many--thee
rascal!) were more like Ms. Kathy Bates (hey-I'm not bein
cruel thats what 99.9% of the babes looked like in
is a film as opposed to a modern movie. And a period
piece film at that. In this case, meaning you have to sit
there and enjoy a story that happened long agosans
big special effects with stuff getting blown up or people
morphing. The computer after all, was not a part of the
scene back then. No reading about stuff on the internet
like you are now. Hence, the movie is slow moving but enjoyable
nonetheless. The settings, supporting cast and the plot
are all wonderful. I snored a couple of times, but woke
right up during the scenes of the declothed Mr. Fiennes
heaving to and fro on top of Ms. Paltrow.
Dench as Queen Elizabeth gave a brilliant performance
as the sarcastic monarch. Oddly, she's visually reminiscent
of Gary Oldman in Dracula.
Ben Affleck, I think, is in this just because hes
dating Gwenyth- they totally wasted him and gave him "boyfriend
of the star" lines.
out and see this. Remember relax and enjoy, where are you
rushing off to anyway? Not a true story mind you...
recommendation: Ale and a bag-o-fish and chips
(sneak em in-they'll never know). Finish off with a cherry
by: Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard
by: John Madden
Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes,Judi Dench,Rupert
Everett, Geoffrey Rush, Ben Affleck
do I get a date? When does cupid get lucky--huh???"