All Is True (2018) - Biography, Drama, History

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A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.

IMDB: 6.1
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 17 out of 57 found boring (29.82%)

One-line Reviews (51)

Very dry .

All is tedious .

Despite usually being a fan of periodic dramas, we found this film incredibly boring.

It is slow and slightly precious.

Unfortunately, Elton eschews comedy for drama in 'All is True', yet it's movie-of-the-week style drama; boring and predictable.

Quiet and fascinating rendition of the Bard's retiement.

I heartily enjoyed Kathryn Wilder, (a bold, talented actress that Branagh has taken to casting in recent years), in her strong, riveting performance as Judith Shakespeare, the twin of Hamnet, Shakespeare's only son, (who died in childhood).

A stunning slow paced beautifully shot movie.

To a public fed on fast-paced editing, frenetic camera movement, and constant plot development, this is bound to seem like a ponderous waste of time.

What a load of pretentious clap-trap.

The story: dull.

The story was engaging despite that a large portion was likely conjecture and speculation as very little is known about Shakespeare's life.

The script is boring beyond belief, with the exception of bits of Shakespeare dialogue shoehorned in to relieve the tedium.

Unless you are Shakespeare aficionado curious about what his imagined retirement might have been like, then you'll probably find this film as dull as dishwater.

It seems to have bypassed the drama and exhilarating pacing found in his plays and settled on a dry dot to dot joining of imagined dreary family episodes based on a few known facts.

But the result was, to me, a tale of beauty that managed to toss into the mix a tongue-in-cheek gander at the intriguing "second best bed" part of Will's will, in which he left this bed to his wife, Anne.

During the pre-release screening (USA), the director revealed a fascinating fact: several of the interior scenes were lit by candles, absent of any set lights.

Extremely slow and boring, with only a few occasional sparks generated by the magic of Shakespeare's writing adapted into the dialogue.

But the slow pace might bother the fast-cut lovers and traditionalists.

Overall, All Is True is an engrossing personal drama, with strong and intimate emotion throughout that tells a fascinating dramatic story, furthered by an excellent lead performance from Kenneth Branagh.

It's definitely worth watching, and it will come in handy in English classes where it may provide heaps of topics for discussion and investigation.

To a Shakespeare aficionado, it is still entertaining, if at times exasperating, and to repeat: the acting is great, and the cinematography is an eyeful.


The characters: dull.

In that, while the film does look at the nature and importance of his great body of work, he's actually a very likable and engrossing lead for the story at hand.


I have one spoiler fact to this otherwise enjoyable and well-crafted film.

The wife and the daughter are so trite, so down-to-earth and full of resentment.

At one point, William proclaims with un-Shakespeare-like banality, "I've lived so long in imaginary worlds, I think I've lost sight of what is real.

This was dull drama - I would never watch this again, so please don't ask me!

However, had potential to be slow at times.

The subject matter would seem fascinating upon first glance, and indeed I was intrigued by the lesser know part of Shakespeare's life as a film.

Bored to freaking death!

Branagh's performance is flat and uninspiring and brings no spark or insight into his portrayal of this wonderfully interesting literary genius.

Taking some bold historical interpretations from the information available, the film comes up with an engrossing and emotionally riveting story, with an intimacy that makes for enthralling watching throughout, although its credentials as a historical piece are a little undermined by the fact that its story should be taken with rather a large pinch of salt.

Proving an intriguing character study that opens up differing perspectives on Shakespeare as a man, the film manages to give an intimate and deep portrayal of the great writer's inner psyche, and whether or not it matches with the reality of history, it makes for fascinating viewing, with strong drama pulsating right the way through the film.

Thirdly, I thought the drama was uneven, slow and a bit plodding with spikes of drama that fizzled out after a while.

An Unexpected Father-Daughter Story .

Boring beyond belief .

Finally, while the movie does do a good job at providing intimate and engrossing emotional drama throughout, it just misses out on an extra level of depth in its portrayal of the last days of the great Shakespeare.

But historical accuracy doesn't always have to tell the whole story, and when it comes to the plot at hand, All Is True does a rather good job at making it an engrossing watch, particularly as it centres on the unexpected domestic turbulence of the Shakespeare household upon his final return from London.

I found the film to be a complete failure and a torturous waste of 101 minutes of my life that I will never get back.

I was taken aback with the very slow pace and frequent use of wide shots.

All this leaves the plotline all over the place, which might be entertaining enough if "All is True" were a comedy in the vein of Stoppard's "Shakespeare in Love".

The climax of the film seems very contrived and unconvincing.

But there are passionate outbursts and exciting reveals, unlike what some other reviews state.

A really good movie, I enjoyed it a lot.

It is all a bit sad and slow, but with some pleasant touches that make it worth watching.

Slow and quite dark in mood at times, this film also sparks with the brilliant, buoyant, Branagh touch .

This is a slow moving maudlin soap opera about the Bard coming back to Stratford to retire and try to reconcile family matters with the wife Anne nee Hathaway and the two daughters.

The pacing often dragged, and the garden metaphor - while apt - became tedious at times.