Twelfth Night

Starring: Richard Briers and Caroline Langrishe
Fremantle Home Entertainment
RRP: 12.99
Certificate: U
Available 24 May 2004

Trevor Nunn's version of William Shakespeare's classic comedy revolves around Viola, a young woman who disguises herself as a man so she can work as a page in the court of Count Orsino. Orsino is hopelessly in love with Olivia, and soon Viola finds herself hopelessly in love with Orsino. But Orsino thinks she's a man, and her dilemma worsens when she realises that Olivia has fallen in love with her...

The above you might think comes from a Jerry Springer show but alas it is the work of Shakespeare - some, adore his work and others, well they can't abide it.

I, myself fall into neither of these categories. Give me a Shakespearean play in a Blockbuster Hollywood movie and I'll be there, if only to drool over the likes of Mel Gibson and Leonardo Dicaprio. Unfortunately all you'll get from this movie is bad haircuts and tights.

On a positive note, for all of you Shakespeare students out there, this might be for you. Although there are no special features on this DVD, (subtitles would have been nice) the scene index sets out all of the acts and chapters inside them, helping those who are studying the original play, a little easier.

I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this film; in fact I might just turn and run the other way.

Helena Rea

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