Trevor Nunn's beautifully photographed and acted, deftly written film is oneof the most enjoyable adaptations of a Shakespeare play ever made. HelenaBonham Carter is pitch perfect as the beautiful Olivia, who in "deepmourning" for her dead brother, falls in love with Cesario (who happens tobe a woman named Viola dressed up as a man, wonderfully played by ImogenStubbs, the only actress I've ever seen able to create both a charming Violaand a totally believable Cesario), meanwhile Viola falls for the Duke offictional Illyria (the exquisite Toby Stephens) who is desperately in lovewith the Lady Olivia. Meanwhile, Viola's lost twin brother (StevenMackintosh of "Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets", excellent again here) winds up inIllyria and adds to the confusion. Wonderful, layered support comes from BenKingsley playing Feste, Olivia's fool. The only flaw, perhaps, is the fewminutes before the conclusion when everything seems to be coated with athick gloss of sugar; the film comes through this unscathed. Trevor Nunncomes through with an exquisite Shakespeare film adaptation (which is a door die task). A great showcase for the heavenly cast featuring some of thebest performances ever by Bonham Carter (save "Wings of the Dove"), Kingsley(in his best supporting turn ever), novice Stubbs, and Stephens. A veryworthwhile effort. Rent it, you won't be let down.
Comedy / Drama
Comedy / Drama
Brother and sister Viola and Sebastian, who are not only very close but look a great deal alike, are in a shipwreck, and both think the other dead. When she lands in a foreign country, Viola dresses as her brother and adopts the name Cesario, becoming a trusted friend and confidante to the Count Orsino. Orsino is madly in love with the lady Olivia, who is in mourning due to her brother's recent death, which she uses as an excuse to avoid seeing the count, whom she does not love. He sends Cesario to do his wooing, and Olivia falls in love with the disguised maiden. Things get more complicated in this bittersweet Shakespeare comedy when a moronic nobleman, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and a self-important servant, Malvolio, get caught up in the schemes of Olivia's uncle, the obese, alcoholic Sir Toby, who leads each to believe Olivia loves him. As well, Sebastian surfaces in the area, and of course there is Feste, the wise fool, around to keep everything in perspective and to marvel, like we ...
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