Aroview: Shakespeare's art imitates life according to this gloriously fanciful, Oscar-winning tragicomedy, as the Bard himself (Joseph Fiennes), stuck in a creative dry-spell, finds the vagaries of romance provide bountiful inspiration for his composing of 'Romeo and Juliet'.
Taking inspired liberty with historical facts, the fancy handywork of the screenplay (co-penned by Tom Stoppard) comes gilded with theatre truisms and allusions, then flaunted with magnificent wardrobe and ebullient casting.
3 stars (Good Enough) The beautiful Viola De Lesseps disguises herself as a young man to wangle herself an audition in the all-male cast, and wins both the part of Romeo and, after much misunderstanding, the playwright's heart. Beautiful set and costumes.~GenXGirl
3 stars (Good Enough) 10/10 for costumes. Script is witty but the screenplay weakens towards the end. Affleck probably cast for commercial reasons & is out of place & depth among a dream supporting cast headed by Rush.The film is at its weakest when the two leads are alone.~tubbs