Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

PG   |    |  Romance, Comedy, Musical


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An update of the classic Shakespeare story, director Kenneth Branagh shot the film like a classic 1930s musical. It tells the story of four best friends who swear off love.


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27 April 2004 | ricknorwood
7
| the sublime and the ridiculous
Beautiful words, delightful music, great acting! What could ruin such a mix. The answer, the ego of Kenneth Branagh. He is much too old for the part of a young student. His direction is absurdly literal. For example: probably the best use of the song "Heaven, I'm in heaven..." is sung by Angel Islington in Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Here the song is ruined by literally yanking the singers up on wires to a ceiling painted to resemble heaven. If a song mentions a hat, the director shows us a hat, and so on. The camera is always doing things that are distracting and annoying. The choreography is nothing but a string of literal quotes, from Busby Berkley to Fred Astaire to Gene Kelly to Bob Fosse. It never flows, just jerks from quote to quote. And while the older actors are superb, there does not seem to be an actor under 25 who can do Shakespeare...they all sound as if they are mouthing words that are not a part of their vocabulary. And the slapstick -- 'taint funny Magee. After all this, I still recommend watching the film. It is much kinder to the clowns than most productions of LLL. Branagh's great speech in praise of love is worth the price of admission. He acts sincerity so well it is almost enough to make us forget what he did to Emma Thompson. And the music is ... heaven.

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Trivia

Mercade was offered to Stephen Fry.


Quotes

King Ferdinand of Navarre, The: How well he's read, to reason against reading.


Goofs

While the movie's concentrating on what is obviously WW2, one of the paper shown announces the end of the war on November 11, which is in fact the date of the end of WW1 in 1918 (the end of WW2 being on May 8, 1945 in Europe and August 15 in Asia).


Alternate Versions

The UK Region 2 DVD contains 5 deleted scenes:

  • The boys are arguing about the girls and about breaking the vows the made.
  • Moth, Constable Dull, Holofernia, Sir Nathaniel and Costard and discussing what to perform for the king, the princess and their company. They descide upon performing ^Óthe 9 worthies^Ô. Parts of this scene can be seen in the news reels.
  • The third extra scene is an extended version of the scene were the girls are discussing and mocking the gifts they received from the men. The extra parts are extra dialogue for Katherine and Rosaline. Katherine tells the story of a girl who died from melancholly. Rosaline has an extended part of dialogue in which she mocks the men and Berowne specifically.
  • There is a alternative scene for the masked dance scene more true to the story of Shakespeare. The boys dress up as Russians who specially came to visit the girls.
  • The fifth scene is the performance of 'the 9 worthies' by the supporting characters.
  • The UK Region 2 DVD does also contain various outtakes. Some of these were cut (ca. 4 seconds) to maintain the "U" rating.


Soundtracks

I'd Rather Charleston
by
George Gershwin and Desmond Carter
Performed by Kenneth Branagh, Alessandro Nivola, Matthew Lillard and Adrian Lester

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Plot Summary


Genres

Romance | Comedy | Musical

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,496 11 June 2000

Gross USA:

$299,792

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$299,792

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