Join us tonight for another Friday Film Club. We at HTF like to think that we cater for all tastes and still give out great movies to watch. We’ve noticed we’ve been a bit lacking in the romance department so this week we’ll give to the chance to cuddle up to that special someone with a film for the night.
Now if you’re not into all that soppy, lovey-dovey stuff or your special someone is a 15 stone plumber named Jeff, then bromance Lethal Weapon 4 is showing on channel 5 10pm. For everyone else, we recomend the quaint british film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ Film 4 9pm.
Joseph Fiennes plays the young Shakespeare. The poor but talented poet and play write, stuck with writer’s block in the midst of his epic romance, ‘Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter’. Blagging his way through, he starts casting for the failing play and finds a wonderful actor for Romeo, Thomas Kent played by Gwyneth Paltrow.
On the discovery that Kent is not all he’s cracked up to be, Shakespeare falls in love with his Romeo. His ideas run and his writing is back. Gwyneth Paltrow was all he needed; But it is more complicated than that. He’s not allowed her.
‘Shakespeare in Love’ is a delightful story of a world we never knew. It is a re-imagining of well known English heritage brought up to date with all the mischief of a true british film. It is a romantic comedy but much much more as well. Despite how the trailer may make it look, it is officially the best film from 1999. Beating out Saving Private Ryan to win the Oscar for Best Film.
Not finding itself too rooted in historical accuracy, the film keeps a playful air about it. While it’s main aspect is to entertain, there is some very subtle educational value, but don’t let that put you off. A brilliant example of British film at its peak, ‘Shakespeare in Love’ is without a doubt worth your time.
Shakespeare in Love, Film4, 9pm tonight