All is True

Quick Read Review

All is True is a poetic and well-crafted tale exploring the final years in William Shakespeare’s life. However despite its craft this is a film that unfortunately never manages to truly engage its audience. While All is True has moments of brilliance in its use of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. They are few and far between in the overarching narrative. A narrative that creeps along at a snails pace that would make even the most die hard of Shakespeares fan shift in their seat.

It is true that performances are at times captivating, especially from Sir Ian McKellen. And that add to this there are some interesting themes around the puritanical age in which Shakespeare lived. But all in all the great man deserved a film that further empowered his genius and enduring appeal. Not one that has the audience checking their watch and wondering when it’s going to end.