Delicious. This is one yummy movie. Underrated, yes. I am so pissed that they never acknowledge this movie. Someone give this movie an Oscar nomination, please. Why this movie is being snubbed, eh? Answer me! I love Billy Crudup. Ever since I watched him for the very first time in Sleepers, I thought this guy has it all. Good looks, talented, and I just wish I could marry him. I mean, he's talented, okay? Claire Danes also more and more talented for years, ever since My So-Called Life and I predict someday she's gonna have that Oscar.
Set in the time when in live theater women's roles were played by men, Ned Kynaston (Billy Crudup) is the most celebrated leading lady, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But when King Charles II (Rupert Everett) is tired of seeing the same old performers, the ruler allows real women to tread the boards and men may no longer play women's parts. Ned becomes a virtual nobody, virtually overnight and seems headed for suicide till his ex-dresser turned actress, Mariah (Claire Danes) takes it upon herself to make a man of him again.
I was asthonished when I saw this movie (in a very nice theater, I might add - very comfy) of how very talented these actors and actresses performing these characters. One minute I hated how snobbish and how egoistical jerk Ned is as an "actress", the next minute I felt sorry of how he cannot act without his feminine side and has to lost everything in one night because of his ego. He regrets it and like a phoenix coming out from the ashes, he delivers the greatest performance he ever had. Mariah behavior is like Eve from All About Eve, somekind of backstabber although she didn't mean and intend to. She just want to be a famous actress. But again, audience will feel her sincerity towards other people and her self-doubts about her own talent. Yes, I do feel it has a lot of similarity with Shakespeare In Love, although I do think it has less comedy and more provoking of substansial act. It explores themes of sexuality and gender with insight and intelligence as well as telling -- and in fact enthralling us with -- a love story. As previously referred to, the acting is exceptional, especially the two leads. Both Claire Danes and Billy Crudup have so much chemistry, it shows and explodes on the screen. They even go on dating after the making of the movie because I guess their personalities just blending. Others like Ben Chaplin as Duke of Buckingham also delivers a great performance.
I do have to mention about the style of acting in the theater though... during the end performance of Othello, both of them acted in Method Acting which is not familiar back on those days. It's too real during one scene, my friend was freaking out because she thought something bad is gonna happen. Heheheh. I kept telling her it would be fine, because they just doing the method acting. I truly enjoy it.
Due to my hectic schedule, I will not be able to review all new movies every week. I apologize. I will however review some older movies from DVDs from time to time. Thank you for understanding.
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