All is True

"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." - Daily Mirror (UK)

"When it comes to Shakespeare movies, you know you’re in good hands with Kenneth Branagh. In All Is True, the British actor and director does double duty in front of and behind the camera, speculating about the Bard’s bittersweet final years. This handsome film is wondefully acted and clearly made with no shortage of compassion and love.

"Written by Ben Elton, who acted alongside Branagh in 1993’s screen adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, the film begins in 1613, shortly after the playwright’s beloved Globe Theatre burned to the ground. Afterward, he’d never write another play again. It’s as if something inside of him was snuffed out along with the Globe. Instead, Shakespeare returned to his family home in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he lived out his retirement alongside his estranged wife (a winningly crabby Judi Dench) and his two daughters. A son named Hamnet, who died years earlier at age 11, is an additional presence – mostly as a source of Shakespeare’s ghostly, late-life regrets as an absentee father. He’s a stranger in his own home, mourning a son he never truly knew.

"Branagh putters around in the garden and receives admiring visitors, such an Ian McKellen’s rascally Earl of Southampton. Meanwhile, greedy ulterior motives, infidelity scandals, and years of repressed family secrets keep spilling out, robbing Shakespeare of the peace he seems to yearn for. Branagh’s easy-on-the-eyes (and the ears) drama offers enough detail-rich pleasures to make it worth checking out." - Entertainment Weekly

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