Ken & Em: A Biography of Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson

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September 22, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

KEN & EM: A BIOGRAPHY OF KENNETH BRANAGH AND EMMA THOMPSON Ian Shuttleworth ”The Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh of our times” can now let out a collective sigh of relief. Their purported concern over the publication of this unauthorized biography ended up being much ado about nothing. Even a die-hard fan of Ken and Em would get weary slogging through this earnest, densely written effort. And only the most avid Anglophile is going to know what the hell some of these Brit terms mean. (Scatty? Snogging? Luvvies?). The book picks up some momentum once its subjects actually meet, yet even after that there is very little about their relationship and too many eyes-glazing-over details of their professional lives. We do discover that Branagh hates pudding and suffers mightily from ”the Protestant compulsion always to be doing something,” leaving little time for a personal life, and that Thompson is insecure about her sex appeal. But while Shuttleworth pats himself on the back for avoiding ”the tabloid approach of…going through dustbins in a battered trilby and stained trenchcoat,” it might have been more fun for readers if he had. C

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