Beautiful words, delightful music, great acting! What could ruin such a mix. The answer, the ego of Kenneth Branagh. He is much too old for the part of a young student. His direction is absurdly literal. For example: probably the best use of the song "Heaven, I'm in heaven..." is sung by Angel Islington in Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Here the song is ruined by literally yanking the singers up on wires to a ceiling painted to resemble heaven. If a song mentions a hat, the director shows us a hat, and so on. The camera is always doing things that are distracting and annoying. The choreography is nothing but a string of literal quotes, from Busby Berkley to Fred Astaire to Gene Kelly to Bob Fosse. It never flows, just jerks from quote to quote. And while the older actors are superb, there does not seem to be an actor under 25 who can do Shakespeare...they all sound as if they are mouthing words that are not a part of their vocabulary. And the slapstick -- 'taint funny Magee. After all this, I still recommend watching the film. It is much kinder to the clowns than most productions of LLL. Branagh's great speech in praise of love is worth the price of admission. He acts sincerity so well it is almost enough to make us forget what he did to Emma Thompson. And the music is ... heaven.
Love's Labour's Lost (2000) 720p YIFY Movie
The Synopsis for Love's Labour's Lost (2000) 720p
The King of Navarre and his three companions swear a very public oath to study together and to renounce women for three years. Their honour is immediately put to the test by the arrival of the Princess of France and her three lovely companions. It's love at first sight for all concerned followed by the men's highly entertaining but hopeless efforts to disguise their feelings.
The Director and Players for Love's Labour's Lost (2000) 720p
The Reviews for Love's Labour's Lost (2000) 720p
the sublime and the ridiculousReviewed byricknorwoodVote: 7/10
This movie should be taken for what it is... experimental Shakespeare. Those expecting a loyal and painstaking presentation of the bard's work will likely be disappointed. Then again, so would someone searching for intelligence in Zoolander or Dumb and Dumber (both of which, I enjoyed after adjusting my expectations). To make a fair comparison, one must consider this movie against other experimental Shakespeare productions. I would say that it is on par with the adapted Romeo and Juliet from the 90's to give a rough idea. Certainly I have seen worse. For example, an adapted Hamlet (at our local Shakespeare in the park) with shameless pop culture references gratuitously inserted, including a spoofed scene of The Matrix. Anyway, I enjoyed the musical selection and dance routines (especially Adrian Lester's) of LLL very much with only a few exceptions, and would recommend this as a "date" movie.
"Now this overdone, or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve"
If your looking for stirring Shakespearian dialogue, then no, I admit you will not find it here. But you will find a smile on your face. This movie is hilariously fun to watch. It is meant to be outrageously silly. Watch it once and you will see that Mr. Branagh is having a laugh with himself and everyone else. It is a comedy of great proportions. So get off your high horse and put a bag of pop corn in your hand and sit your keester down and watch this, with your whole family. Even my teenage boys love certain very sill parts and I must be sure to call them in to see their favorite scenes. And don't forget the out takes. Well worth the time. Maybe funnier than the film!