Loves Labours Lost
A very different film, “Love’s Labour’s Lost” is a musical romance based on Shakespeare’s comedy of the same name. Here, a young king and his three friends swear off women, attempting to devote themselves to the serious study of philosophy. But the entrance of a princess and her three attendants demolishes that vow, but quick. Done in the language of Shakespeare, with musical numbers from the ‘30s as interludes.
Nowhere near the elegant “Much Ado About Nothing,” which also starred Branagh and his then wife, Emma Thompson, but it has its charming moments. Except for some suggestive innuendos and a bawdy dance number, it is a clean movie, more about love than lust. Most of the cast members are rather, shall we say, subdued, when it comes to singing and dancing aptitude, but Nathan Lane, as a court jester, is often hysterical. And there is that language: “When, spite of cormorant devouring Time, Th’endeavour of this present breath may buy That honour which shall bate his scythe’s keen edge, And make us heirs of all eternity.”