Set around the late 16th century, the movie provides a glimpse into the social, cultural, and political life of the subjects of the British Monarchy during the era. This makes it an excellent reference for European historical study. I also find it appealing that the characters included in the plot represent different sections of Early Modern England, from the struggling theater artists to Her Majesty the Queen. The portrayal of Queen Elizabeth the First as a patron and admirer of Shakespeare’s plays has a factual basis, too. Therefore, I was impressed by the fact that though partly fictitious, the story holds much credibility.
Through the movie, I was able to learn about Shakespearean sonnets. During the height of Shakespeare’s romance with Viola de Lesseps, some of his great lyrical love poems (written in the Sonnet format) flow from his heart. In my opinion, it is these scenes that are the highlight of the movie, for they link the personal and professional life of the Bard in a cinematically brilliant fashion. The few sonnets that I heard in the movie have inspired me to read more of them. I have now developed a genuine interest in Shakespeare’s plays, which must be a worthy deviation from the run-of-the-mill products of the American pop culture.
In conclusion, I would attest to the quality and worth of the film Shakespeare in Love. I recommend it to all my friends and fellow students so that they can increase their knowledge of history, widen their horizons to include far away cultures, and understand the art of theater.