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LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

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Love's Labour's Lost

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
95 minutes
performer:
Kenneth Branagh, Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola, Alicia Silverstone, Nathan Lane, Matthew Lillard
director:
Kenneth Branagh
genre:
Historical, Romance

We gave it a C+

Lost, indeed. Branagh’s once charming Bardolatry has officially transmogrified into shameless, numbskulled pageantry. Here, he takes a potentially engaging concept (love-comedy as pre-WWII movie-musical) and ruins it with unrestrained mugging, pedantic newsreel narration (for you morons who don’t speak the Shakespeare), and out-of-the-blue dance spasms. As for the original conceit — a bookish, all-male kingdom invaded by witty damsels — well, who’s got time to lampoon academic patriarchy when there’s a Cole Porter song to butcher! C+