Movieline's Hollywood Life - 06/??/2000
"...This particular Shakespearean romp qualifies as a winning example of actors stepping outside their usual personas and scoring a knockout."
New York Times - 06/12/2000
"...The film ends with a long, sweetly melancholic sequence....You leave the theater tipsy on Shakespeare's raillery and Ira Gershwin's wit, as though you'd had a glass or two of cheap champagne..."
"...A luscious labor of love....The overall effect is knowing and joyful at the same time..."
USA Today - 06/21/2000
"...[The film features] Natascha McElhone's typically striking presence..."
Rolling Stone - 06/22/2000
"...The intimate moments often sparkle. Nivola, Lester and McElhone display a lovely ease..."
Box Office - 05/01/2000
"...One of the year's most pleasant surprises....A little gem of a movie..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Kenneth Branagh's musical adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy sets the action in the last few days before the start of World War II. In the fictional kingdom of Navarre, King Ferdinand (Alessandro Nivola) and three chums take vow to study rigorously and avoid women for three years. Their vow is immediately tested with the surprise visit of the Princess of France (Alicia Silverstone) with three ladies-in-waiting. Romantic merriment ensues as each of the men fall in love and attempt to woo the ladies without being caught. Branagh's film features musical numbers by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and others performed in the classic style of 1930s MGM musicals.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Love's Labour's Lost
With Kenneth Branagh (WILD WILD WEST, CELEBRITY), Alicia Silverstone (BLAST FROM THE PAST), and Nathan Lane (AT FIRST SIGHT, MOUSE HUNT) leading a stellar ensemble cast, Stanley Donen and Martin Scorsese present a sexy, glamorous, and fun 1930's-style musical that's earned terrific critical acclaim! The King of Navare (Alessandro Nivola -- MANSFIELD PARK, FACE/OFF) and his three best friends think that they've sworn off love in the pursuit of intellectual enlightenment. But when the Princess of France (Silverstone) and her beautiful attendants arrive for a diplomatic visit, their high-minded plans are turned completely upside down! Then, as war rages and secret passions burn, loyalty and devotion are tested like never before! Also featuring hilarious Matthew Lillard (SHE'S ALL THAT, SCREAM) and the classic songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and more -- go back in time and allow yourself to be swept away by this wonderfully entertaining motion picture treat!
In LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, actor-director Kenneth Branagh presents William Shakespeare's romantic comedy as a musical.