Theater director Trevor Nunn’s retelling of Shakespeare’s richest comedy of errors revolves around a female vaudevillian (Sense and Sensibility‘s Imogen Stubbs) posing as a man, the count she loves (Toby Stephens), and the aristocrat (Helena Bonham Carter) he assigns her to woo on his behalf — but who falls for her surrogate suitor. While everyone turns in convincing performances amid resplendent finery, the video of this adaptation lacks the warmth of Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing, the ambition of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, the redeeming spectacle that the big screen provides, and — beyond being the only Twelfth Night available in stores — much of a reason for being. B-

Twelfth Night
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