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Love's Labour's Lost back to product details

Very good, but overly stylized/artistic
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written by MBreslau February 18, 2011 - 9:29 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
William Shakespeare and Cole Porter seamlessly blended? Unlikely, but it works.

It took me a few minutes to figure out what I was watching - vintage newsreels from a non-existent 1939's history timeline? Impeccable stage (not movie) acting and oration? Whatever it was, it was very skillfully done with a talented crew, but sometimes pretentious for art's sake.

Enjoy, but be prepared...

Great antidote for anime
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written by IronS September 25, 2003 - 4:21 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I admit it; this is one of my queue orphans. Imagine my surprise when it was sent to me before the other 10++ anime titles that were higher on my queue. However, once I started watching, I found myself singing along and quite enjoying the movie. Visions of college film classes filled my mind (in a good way). So many anime titles I encounter seem to have the miasma of the end-of-the-world blues, but Love's Labour's Lost is just frothy fun. The guys (the king, Berowne, Longaville, and Dumaine) come across a whole lot nicer than in Shakespeare's version. Granted, a lot of Shakespeare's words are lost, but the replacement, singing and dancing, is a pretty good trade. Kenneth Branagh (Berowne) and Natascha McElhone (Rosaline) do most of the singing, thankfully. Adrian Lester (Dumaine) has a great dance solo. The songs are great, of course (although Alicia Silverstone and Matthew Lillard really can't sing), and the dancing was fun to watch as well (even without the drill team precision of a Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly number). There's even an Esther Williams-eque scene with the ladies. I'm quite impressed with Kenneth Branagh for even attempting this (a Shakespearean play about words made into a musical?!) let alone carrying it off so well even if he did add a happy ending.

Heaven (sway, sway) I'm in heaven (step, kick)...

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