Limited release 5/10/2019
Viewed Memorial Day, 2019 at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield, MI - a pretty cool theater
RT Critic: 72 Audience: 76
Critic's Consensus: Impressively cast and beautifully filmed, All Is True takes an elegiac look at Shakespeare's final days.
Cag: 5/Loved it
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also starred
Sony Pictures Classics
Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench
My comments: A pretty decent movie. All is true?!? That's what I kept wondering as I watched this movie...how much is true and how much is just of the author's imagination? How much is based on tidbits of information? There's so much controversy about Shakespeare, the man and the myth, lol! There's even a huge faction that say it wasn't even a guy named Shakespeare that did the actual writing of any of the plays. This movie was totally interesting, thought-provoking, and whether it is true or not, was a great piece of historical storytelling. The poor older gent behind me fell asleep, I suppose it was slower going than the adventure-packed stuff that is thrust down our throats for the last couple of years. I really enjoyed this one a lot. And Branagh's depiction of the bard is a blast to watch! AND with Judith Dench as Anne...be still my heart!
RT/ IMDb Summary 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.