All is True

All is True
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 41min
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Lolita Chakrabarti, Jack Colgrave Hirst
  • UK release: 8 February 2019

William Shakespeare (Branagh) comes back to Stratford to find his family estranged from him. Branagh and screenwriter Elton search for the man behind the myth, but lose sight of the genius; there’s no sense of the writer’s intelligence or empathy and only McKellen as the Earl of Southampton brings any life to the proceedings.

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Cert PG-13 Running Time 101 minsThe year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and a devastated Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.

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All Is True

4 Feb 20192 stars

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in a turgid take on Shakespeare's final years

The enduring paradox of William Shakespeare is that a man who wrote so much about the human condition remains an almost complete mystery himself, which is why Kenneth Branagh's imagining of Shakespeare's last years is, on paper, so inviting. It's…

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