Movie review: Shakespeare biopic 'All is True' takes creative license with a creative master

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  • BooBoo Orem, UT
    June 7, 2019 5:02 p.m.

    Phooey! I bristle at reviews that knock down a movie simply because it's not the movie the reviewer thought should have been made. So it's brooding, and the reviewer really wished the movie had focused on Shakespeare's glory days. And that makes this a worse movie, how? So there's some creative license. Name a biopic that *doesn't* employ creative license. If you want the unedited truth about Shakespeare, read Halliwell-Phillipps, or Holland, or Chambers. When you go to a movie, expect it to be... you know... dramatized a little. Maybe even a lot. But the historical accuracy of a movie is not really the issue. It's whether the movie, as a movie, works. You know, like Amadeus. Fantastic movie--and not historically accurate. I was already going to see "All Is True" anyway, but now I will see it knowing that some academic purists don't like to see Shakespeare old, brooding, and troubled. It disrupts their quaint little Elizabethan picture of dramatic genius.