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All Is True

Rated Parental Guidance (Coarse Language) ~ Runs 101 minutes

Dir.: Kenneth Branagh, UK, 2019

Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Kathryn Wilder

“If anyone knows their William Shakespeare, it's Kenneth Branagh. The thespian returns to his love of the bard with this touching, funny and expertly acted biopic All Is True, which tackles Shakespeare's final years from his decision to retire to his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Following the fire that destroyed his renowned Globe Theatre, William Shakespeare returns to his family home after years of fame and success to find a distant wife in Anne Hathaway (Judi Dench), two daughters encountering scrutiny and scandal, and his own personal grief for his late son Hamnet still not diminished. As Will seeks to carve out a fresh beginning in his hometown, he finds that regret, passion and nostalgia run deep here, and he may have to confront his own demons if the Shakespeare family is to have a future at all. Branagh is everything you would expect in his portrayal of the historical icon - he's witty, touching, sensual and haunted... Dench is a resilient, earthy and no-nonsense Anne, instantly sympathetic but not wearisome in the slightest - weary but striving to carry on through for the sake of her family. The leading pair create a real sense of history... The actresses who portray Shakespeare's daughters are also noteworthy, in particular, Kathryn Wilder who makes a fiery and embittered Judith Shakespeare, who reveals a great longing to be accepted by her father on her own merits. In a small but memorable role is Ian McKellen as the flamboyant but sentimental Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton... Branagh does not play too fast and loose with history, but fills in the gaps and chooses which theories and hypotheses about Shakespeare's life that would best suit this emotional and theatrical piece... All Is True is just what you would want for a Shakespeare biopic directed by Kenneth Branagh - it's touching and impeccably well-acted, with great turns from the director and on-screen wife Judi Dench.” - Lewis Knight, The Daily Mirror

When All Is True plays...
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May 24