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"Shakespeare in Love"

by Thom Bennett

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It is 1593 and a young Will Shakespeare (Joseph Finnes) is having more than a little difficulty with the new play he is working on. He has a title - "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirates Daughter" - along with a terrible case of writer's block. He is also struggling to emerge from the shadow of fellow playwright Christopher Marlowe and under the gun from all around him to finish his "comedy".

Alas, there can be no Romeo without his Juliet. Enter, Viola (Gweneth Paltrow), a young lady with a passion for the beautiful words of the young playwright and a desire to take to the stage in a time when this is a no-no for women. Now that he has his muse, all of the pieces are now in place for the greatest love story ever told. With the help of the beautiful Viola, Will finds his groove and we get to watch as his comedy turned romantic comedy turned tragedy unfolds before our very eyes. The rest, as they say, is literary history.

"Shakespeare in Love" is an utterly brilliant film with amazing performances throughout. Writer Tom Stoppard once again works his magic with the wonderful world of William Shakespeare. The result is a film that is at once humorous, touching and tragic and full of some of the most interesting characters you are likely to find anywhere. What else would one expect from Mr. Shakepeare?

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