All Is True
CAST: Kenneth Branagh, Lolita Chakrabarti, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench DIRECTOR: Kenneth Branagh
The 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 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.
It's entertaining, the acting is excellent and Ian McKellen adds a welcome acidic touch as Shakespeare's arrogant patron, the Earl of Southampton.Paul Whitington, Irish Independent
Slowly, as the thematic center of the film begins to take shape, so does Branagh's character - and in those moments the audience is treated to what amounts to nothing short of a Christmas gift for any Anglophile or Shakespeare lover.Dana Schwartz, Entertainment Weekly
A charming, surprisingly salty take on a story that ... is told less often than one might expect.Donald Clarke, Irish Times