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All Is True

  • Drama
  • History
  • 2018
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • 96 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Period drama starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen. In 1613, following the destruction of the Globe Theatre, William Shakespeare retires to Stratford-upon-Avon. Though his decades-long absence has left him estranged from his wife and daughters, the Bard attempts to settle down and repair his relationship with his family. However, he remains haunted by the death of his son Hamnet 17 years prior.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

William Shakespeare's final years are treated with a mixture of fact and supposition in this relatively modest production that sees the Bard return to Stratford-upon-Avon for good after his London theatre burns down during a performance of his Henry VIII. Sporting a somewhat disconcerting prosthetic nose and wig ensemble, Kenneth Branagh takes on the older Will and also directs from a script by Ben Elton, with Judi Dench on growling form as his long-suffering spouse Anne Hathaway - undoubtedly odd casting, since she was actually only six years his senior. In essence, it's a poignant story of how an acclaimed genius has to reconcile himself with disappointments at home, and the frustrations of class hierarchy. However, stodgy dialogue and an overall lack of dramatic punch inhibit its impact, fascinating material notwithstanding. Moreover, while Elton's writing for his small-screen Shakespeare send-up Upstart Crow uses a 21st-century perspective for adept comic effect, here the modern viewpoint rather unfairly shames England's finest for not adopting feminist values entirely out of keeping with his own era. Worth a look, but perhaps more was expected from such a stellar cast of creatives.

Credits

Cast

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William ShakespeareKenneth Branagh
Anne HathawayJudi Dench
Henry Wriothesley, Earl of SouthamptonIan McKellen
Judith ShakespeareKathryn Wilder
Stratford Landlady LenaLolita Chakrabarti
Susanna Hall, "Sue"Lydia Wilson
Tom QuineyJack Colgrave Hirst
Ben JonsonGerard Horan
Sir Thomas LucyAlex MacQueen
Hamnet ShakespeareSam Ellis
Actor playing AaronNonso Anozie

Crew

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DirectorKenneth Branagh

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2019-02-08
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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