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Posted June 27, 2013
The story is perfectly ludicrous, indulging in the weirdest frin
The story is perfectly ludicrous, indulging in the weirdest fringes of the Oxfordian "theory". Emmerich and his writer are why this film sucks. BUT -- Emmerich at least knew enough to hire good people, talented directors of Shakespearean theater to direct the excerpts from the various plays, expert costume designers knowledgeable in the period, historians who actually know their Elizabethan London and directed the excellent cgi team in recreating it for the big screen -- and the acting is generally quite good. So we have a weird case of a film masterminded by idiots but implemented by real artisans, and as a result it's worth watching for the acting, and the costumes, and the sets, and the theater productions, and the recreation of London -- just not for the story, which is among the more idiotic ever set to screen. Really, the artisanal aspects are so good that the film would otherwise deserve 3.5 stars -- but only gets two because the idiocy of the storytelling is THAT pronounced! I mean, Shakespeare's works were not only supposedly written by the Earl of Oxford, but oh yes did we also tell you that the Earl of Oxford was not only the illegitimate son of Queen Elizabeth but grew up to become her secret lover, by whom she then became pregnant with her own granddaughter? Yes, that's the storyline here folks, presented in all high seriousness and with no irony and less wit.
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