William Shakespeare is badly in need of a new play, one that he has been paid to write by two competing theatres. But first he needs to find a muse to help inspire him. When all hope seems lost, his eyes and heart are captured by Viola de Lesseps, who is a lover a theatre and dreams of being an actress. Since only men are allowed on stage, Viola disguises herself as a man named Thomas Kent and auditions for Shakespeare’s new play. But Shakespeare quickly sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair that helps inspire Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare in Love is a romantic drama bound to make hearts flutter and eyes roll. It has an unrealistic story line, and seems geared toward women obsessed with love stories and Shakespeare. But it worked. As a lover of Shakespeare, and a sucker for a good love story, I thought the movie was cute and that the actors worked well together. It kept me entertained and even had a few teary eyed moments. But best of all it reminded me why I love the works of William Shakespeare so much. I think my favorite part was watching them act out the scenes of Romeo and Juliet and I also liked the inspiration provided for Twelfth Night (one of my favorite Shakespeare plays). After the movie was over, all I wanted to do was either sit and read or watch more Shakespeare.
However, I probably would file Shakespeare in Love as one of my guilty pleasure movies only to be gushed about around other fans. While I did enjoy it, it’s pretty cheesy and definitely one of the lesser movies out there. But if you’re looking for a movie your inner tween would squeal over, gather your girlfriends and enjoy!