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playwright_NN
tom_NP
stoppard_NP
and_CC
screenwriter_NN
marc_NP
norman_NP
took_VBD
on_IN
an_DT
astonishingly_RB
difficult_JJ
task_NN
:_:
they_PP
wanted_VBD
to_IN
write_VB
a_NP
script_NN
about_IN
william_NP
shakespeare_NP
that_CS
parallels_NNS
shakespeare_NP
's_POS
works_NN
._.
they_PP
also_RB
wanted_VBD
to_TO
poke_VB
fun_NN
at_IN
the_DT
way_NN
all_PDT
of_IN
us_PP
envision_NP
shakespeare_NP
:_:
i_PP
mean_VB
,_,
really_RB
,_,
who_WP
doesn't_DOZ
think_NN
of_IN
shakespeare_NP
as_IN
a_DT
guy_NN
seething_VBG
with_IN
so_RB
much_DT
passion_NN
that_CS
he_PP
can_MD
barely_RB
write_VB
a_DT
play_NN
without_IN
exploding_VBG
into_IN
a_DT
passionate_JJ
,_,
introspective_JJ
verbal_JJ
couplet_NN
of_IN
iambic_JJ
pentameter_NN
?_?
stoppard_NP
and_VB
norman_NP
are_BER
men_NNS
who_WP
love_VB
shakespeare_NP
,_,
and_CC
they_PP
wanted_VBD
to_IN
make_NN
a_DT
movie_NN
for_IN
everyone_PN
else_RB
who_WP
loves_VBZ
shakespeare_NP
._.
and_CC
,_,
despite_IN
the_DT
difficulty_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
task_NN
,_,
they_PP
have_HV
succeeded_VBN
._.
shakespeare_NP
in_IN
love_NN
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
smartest_NN
,_,
funniest_JJS
,_,
most_RBS
touching_JJ
films_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
so_RB
rare_JJ
that_CS
a_DT
picture_NN
with_IN
such_DT
high_JJ
aspirations_NNS
succeeds_VBZ
in_IN
all_PDT
of_IN
its_PP$
endeavors_NNS
,_,
but_CC
here_RB
we_PP
have_HV
a_DT
movie_NN
that_CS
defines_VBZ
success_NN
:_:
it_PP
is_BEZ
at_IN
once_RB
charmingly_RB
acted_VBN
and_CC
flawlessly_RB
written_VBN
._.
it_PP
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
a_DT
smug_JJ
,_,
self-important_JJ
movie_NN
that_CS
panders_NNS
to_IN
die-hard_NP
shakespeare_NP
fans_NNS
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
appeal_NN
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
almost_RB
universal_JJ
:_:
if_CS
you've_???
ever_RB
read_VBN
a_DT
play_NN
by_IN
shakespeare_NP
,_,
or_CC
know_VB
anything_PN
about_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
likely_JJ
that_CS
you'll_???
find_NN
grand_JJ
entertainment_NN
in_IN
shakespeare_NP
in_IN
love_NN
._.
joseph_NP
fiennes_NNS
,_,
brother_NN
of_IN
ralph_NP
,_,
stars_NNS
as_IN
shakespeare_NP
himself_PPX
;_;
he_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
delightful_JJ
,_,
irresistible_JJ
lad_NN
,_,
concerned_JJ
mostly_RB
with_IN
women_NNS
and_CC
detached_VBN
from_IN
life_NN
's_POS
more_DT
serious_JJ
problems_NNS
(_(
debt_NN
,_,
plague_NN
,_,
etc_RB
._.
)_)
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
commissioned_VBN
to_IN
write_VB
plays_NNS
for_IN
various_JJ
people_NN
:_:
queen_NN
elizabeth_NP
(_(
judi_???
dench_NP
)_)
wants_VBZ
comedies_NNS
,_,
while_CS
local_JJ
slimeball_NN
philip_NP
henslowe_NP
(_(
geoffrey_NP
rush_NN
)_)
needs_NNS
him_PP
to_TO
write_VB
a_DT
play_NN
so_RB
that_CS
he_PP
can_MD
pay_VB
off_RP
his_PP$
debts_NNS
to_IN
hugh_NP
fennymann_NP
(_(
tom_NP
wilkinson_NP
)_)
._.
shakespeare_NP
,_,
however_RB
,_,
has_HVZ
trouble_NN
focusing_VBG
on_IN
his_PP$
work_NN
._.
he_PP
begins_VBZ
work_NN
on_IN
a_DT
comedy_NN
about_IN
a_DT
boy_NN
named_VBN
romeo_NP
and_CC
a_DT
girl_NN
named_VBN
ethel_NP
._.
this_DT
all_PDT
changes_NNS
,_,
however_RB
,_,
when_CS
he_PP
meets_VBZ
viola_NN
de_NP
lesseps_NP
(_(
a_DT
radiant_JJ
gwyneth_NP
paltrow_NN
)_)
,_,
a_DT
young_JJ
heiress_NN
set_NN
to_IN
marry_VB
the_DT
financially-oriented_JJ
lord_NN
wessex_NP
(_(
colin_NP
firth_NN
)_)
._.
shakespeare_NP
instantly_RB
falls_VBZ
in_IN
love_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
;_;
he_PP
first_OD
meets_VBZ
her_PP$
when_CS
she_PP
pretends_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
man_NN
to_IN
try_NN
out_RP
for_IN
the_DT
part_NN
of_IN
romeo_NP
._.
he_PP
discovers_VBZ
her_PP$
identity_NN
and_CC
confronts_VBZ
her_PP$
later_JJR
;_;
she_PP
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
falls_VBZ
in_IN
love_NN
with_IN
him_PP
,_,
although_CS
their_PP$
love_NN
is_BEZ
doomed_VBN
because_CS
she_PP
absolutely_RB
must_MD
marry_VB
the_DT
tyrannical_JJ
lord_NN
wessex_NP
._.
but_CC
she_PP
continues_VBZ
to_IN
act_NN
because_CS
she_PP
loves_VBZ
shakespeare_NP
's_POS
writing_NN
so_RB
much_RB
,_,
and_CC
soon_RB
the_DT
production_NN
(_(
which_WDT
later_RBR
becomes_VBZ
romeo_NP
and_CC
juliet_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
set_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
performed_VBD
._.
shakespeare_NP
in_IN
love_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
amazingly_RB
good_JJ
film_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
because_CS
it_PP
works_VBZ
as_CS
great_JJ
entertainment_NN
,_,
but_CC
because_CS
it_PP
pays_VBZ
attention_NN
to_IN
detail_NN
and_CC
knows_VBZ
its_PP$
subject_NN
matter_NN
._.
i_PP
was_BEDZ
instantly_RB
won_VBN
over_IN
by_IN
joseph_NP
fiennes_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
lead_NN
role_NN
:_:
he_PP
has_HVZ
such_DT
searing_JJ
optimism_NN
and_CC
energy_NN
;_;
he_PP
's_BEZ
clearly_RB
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
admires_NNS
shakespeare_NP
,_,
and_CC
even_RB
in_IN
the_DT
shortcomings_NNS
that_CS
he_PP
gives_VBZ
his_PP$
character_NN
(_(
inability_NN
to_IN
turn_NN
away_RB
from_IN
women_NNS
,_,
attention_NN
deficit_NN
disorder_NN
)_)
,_,
we_PP
sense_NN
a_DT
great_JJ
deal_NN
of_IN
affection_NN
and_CC
care_NN
._.
he_PP
practically_RB
overflows_VBZ
with_IN
passion_NN
in_IN
every_DT
scene_NN
._.
fiennes_NNS
is_BEZ
matched_VBN
by_IN
paltrow_JJ
(_(
whose_WP$
english_NN
accent_NN
is_BEZ
so_RB
good_JJ
that_CS
wonder_NN
where_CS
she_PP
actually_RB
comes_VBZ
from_IN
)_(
;_;
she_PP
is_BEZ
an_DT
actress_NN
who_WP
exudes_VBZ
strength_NN
and_CC
conviction_NN
in_IN
every_DT
performance_NN
i've_???
seen_VBN
her_PP$
in_CD
._.
the_DT
two_CD
performers_NNS
work_NN
perfectly_RB
together_RB
,_,
taking_VBG
the_DT
passionate_JJ
scenes_NNS
as_IN
far_RB
as_CS
possible_JJ
without_IN
making_VBG
them_PP
melodramatic_JJ
,_,
and_CC
wringing_VBG
the_DT
comedic_JJ
scenes_NNS
for_IN
every_DT
conceivable_JJ
laugh_NN
._.
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
hurt_VB
that_CS
they_PP
have_HV
a_DT
masterful_JJ
script_NN
to_IN
work_NN
with_IN
._.
stoppard_NP
,_,
whose_WP$
play_NN
rozencrantz_NP
and_CC
guildenstern_NP
are_BER
dead_JJ
inspired_JJ
an_DT
interesting_JJ
film_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
full_JJ
of_IN
dry_JJ
wit_NN
and_CC
boundless_NN
understated_VBN
humor_NN
(_(
all_PDT
of_IN
his_PP$
plays_NNS
have_HV
similarly_RB
dry_JJ
humor_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
first_OD
intelligent_JJ
step_NN
stoppard_NN
and_CC
norman_NP
took_VBD
was_BEDZ
harmonizing_NN
the_DT
events_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
with_IN
romeo_NP
and_CC
juliet_NP
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
funniest_JJS
scenes_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
imitation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
famous_JJ
terrace_NN
scene_NN
from_IN
the_DT
play_NN
;_;
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
shakespeare_NP
is_BEZ
bumbling_VBG
about_IN
while_NN
viola_NN
is_BEZ
trying_VBG
to_TO
fend_VB
off_RP
her_PP$
nurse_NN
maid_NN
._.
director_NN
john_NP
madden_VB
does_DOZ
a_DT
fantastic_JJ
job_NN
dabbling_VBG
in_IN
slapstick_NP
humor_NN
--_???
scenes_NNS
like_IN
these_DT
would_MD
have_HV
seemed_VBN
obtuse_CS
in_IN
the_DT
hands_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
lesser_JJ
director_NN
._.
i'm_???
going_VBG
to_TO
have_HV
to_TO
see_VB
the_DT
movie_NN
again_RB
;_;
i'm_???
certain_JJ
there_EX
are_BER
numerous_JJ
references_NNS
that_CS
i_PP
missed_VBD
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
i_PP
doubt_VB
it_PP
's_BEZ
possible_JJ
to_TO
gather_VB
everything_PN
with_IN
just_RB
one_CD
viewing_NN
._.
stoppard_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
master_NN
of_IN
detail_NN
:_:
you'll_???
notice_NN
familiar_JJ
lines_NNS
placed_VBN
throughout_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
as_CS
lines_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
play_NN
,_,
but_CC
as_CS
dialogue_NN
,_,
suggesting_VBG
that_CS
shakespeare_NP
simply_RB
spoke_VBD
like_IN
that_DT
all_PDT
the_DT
time_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
brilliant_JJ
running_NN
joke_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
shakespeare_NP
is_BEZ
in_IN
constant_JJ
competition_NN
with_IN
christopher_NP
marlowe_NP
(_(
and_CC
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
marlowe_NP
is_BEZ
played_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
openly-homosexual_JJ
rupert_NP
everett_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
joke_NN
in_IN
of_IN
itself_PPX
)_(
,_,
proposing_VBG
a_DT
slightly_RB
twisted_VBN
explanation_NN
to_IN
marlowe_NP
's_POS
mysterious_JJ
death_NN
in_IN
a_DT
pub_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
scene_NN
featuring_VBG
a_DT
wide-eyed_JJ
dog_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
so_RB
funny_JJ
that_CS
i_PP
hurt_VB
myself_PPX
laughing_VBG
._.
"_"
there_EX
's_BEZ
no_DT
dog_NN
in_IN
this_DT
play_NN
?_?
"_"
"_"
no_DT
!_!
no_DT
dog_NN
!_!
"_"
the_DT
ensemble_NN
cast_VBN
is_BEZ
perhaps_RB
the_DT
strongest_JJS
this_DT
year_NN
._.
geoffrey_NP
rush_NN
is_BEZ
nearly_RB
unrecognizable_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
detestable_JJ
henslowe_NP
;_;
wilkinson_NP
is_BEZ
also_RB
hard_JJ
to_IN
recognize_VB
,_,
but_CC
has_HVZ
a_DT
great_JJ
role_NN
as_IN
a_DT
thug_???
who_NP
takes_NNS
his_PP$
part_NN
as_IN
the_DT
apothecary_NN
so_RB
seriously_RB
._.
ben_NP
affleck_NP
,_,
playing_VBG
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
actors_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
company_NN
,_,
shows_VBZ
great_JJ
range_NN
,_,
both_RB
in_IN
his_PP$
accent_NN
(_(
his_PP$
is_BEZ
almost_RB
as_IN
good_JJ
as_CS
paltrow_JJ
's_POS
)_(
and_CC
in_IN
humor_NN
(_(
he_PP
has_HVZ
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
one-liners_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
)_)
._.
colin_NP
firth_NN
,_,
always_RB
stuck_VBN
playing_VBG
the_DT
sap_NN
,_,
does_DOZ
a_DT
good_JJ
job_NN
being_BEG
hateful_JJ
._.
judi_???
dench_NP
,_,
however_RB
,_,
has_HVZ
the_DT
best_JJS
supporting_JJ
performance_NN
as_IN
queen_NN
elizabeth_NP
:_:
rarely_RB
has_HVZ
so_RB
much_DT
depth_NN
been_BEN
conveyed_VBN
in_IN
so_RB
few_DT
words_NNS
._.
my_PP$
single_JJ
,_,
minor_JJ
complaint_NN
about_IN
shakespeare_NP
in_IN
love_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
i_PP
feel_VB
like_IN
i_PP
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
more_DT
moved_VBD
by_IN
the_DT
end_NN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
moving_VBG
,_,
but_CC
there_EX
are_BER
a_DT
few_DT
missed_VBD
opportunities_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
final_JJ
scenes_NNS
._.
but_CC
my_PP$
quibbling_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
important_JJ
._.
what_WDT
is_BEZ
important_JJ
is_BEZ
that_CS
i_PP
acknowledge_VB
the_DT
quality_NN
of_IN
this_DT
picture_NN
,_,
the_DT
sheer_JJ
skill_NN
with_IN
which_WDT
it_PP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
written_VBN
,_,
acted_VBD
,_,
and_CC
produced_VBD
._.
shakespeare_NP
in_IN
love_NN
tries_VBZ
so_RB
many_DT
things_NNS
,_,
and_CC
nails_NNS
every_DT
one_CD
of_IN
them_PP
:_:
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
both_RB
loves_VBZ
shakespeare_NP
and_CC
makes_VBZ
fun_NN
of_IN
him_PP
,_,
a_DT
film_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
actors_NNS
,_,
writers_NNS
,_,
and_CC
director_NN
are_BER
all_PDT
perfectly_RB
in_IN
sync_???
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
movie_NN
that_CS
has_HVZ
the_DT
potential_JJ
to_IN
introduce_VB
a_NP
lot_NN
of_IN
people_NN
to_IN
shakespeare_NP
's_POS
work_NN
in_IN
a_DT
positive_JJ
way_NN
,_,
without_IN
seeming_JJ
condescending_JJ
or_CC
superior_JJ
._.
i_PP
admire_VB
this_DT
film_NN
not_XNOT
only_RB
because_CS
it_PP
passes_VBZ
so_RB
pleasantly_RB
,_,
but_CC
because_CS
it_PP
has_HVZ
lofty_JJ
aspirations_NNS
and_CC
succeeds_VBZ
in_IN
them_PP
._.
not_XNOT
just_RB
any_DT
film_NN
can_MD
poke_VB
fun_NN
at_IN
shakespeare_NP
and_CC
get_VB
away_RB
with_IN
it_PP
._.