The Merchant Of Venice details
|Starring:||Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino, Lynn Collins, Joseph Fiennes|
|Genres:||Drama - Crime, Romance|
The Merchant Of Venice
|Run time:||2 hours 7 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Apr 2005|
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WOWBy a customer from Leeds, England , 13 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]for those of you who like shakespeare you won't be disappointed, for those of you who don't, think back to Romeo and Juliet. this film has the same impact. the acting is tremendous. the cast is a mixture of famous and infamous people from the theatrical world. the scenes are played tremendously well and it is easy to understand, even for those who would sooner watch the bourne supremecy.
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Unbelievable performance by Al PacinoBy Onlyests (57 reviews) , 13 May 2012The film is a very good adaptation of Shakespeare's work, but what stands out is the performance by Pacino. I've never seen anyone act the part like that before! If you want to watch a good version of the Merchant, then do give this one a go. If you don't particularly like Shakespeare, but you want to see the difference between average actors and a great actor. Do watch this. Note: Jeremy Irons, too, was very good here, somewhere between the simple actors and Pacino...but played a much smaller part.
Excellent productionBy Countryboy (81 reviews) from Perthshire , 18 Jul 2011Historically and literally accurate, filmed partly in Venice and with an all-star cast, this has to be seen. Even if you don't think you like Shakespear, the superb acting, especially of Pacino as Shylock, leads you and keeps you watching. This is a long film, but the sheer quality of both production and acting ensures that you are never aware of time passing.
Excellent cast and performanceBy a customer from UK , 05 Dec 2010This is a film well worth paying your rental for. The acting is superb and as it was one of the first films I rented I thought you clicked one star at a time but realised too late that I'd given it a low rating in error. So this good review is to rebalance that mistake.
Shakespeare, Pacino & Irons - what more do you want?!!!By a customer from Coalville, Leicestershire , 25 Aug 2010Virtually following the Bard's play word for word and part filmed in Venice - this is a dream for any fan of great literature. Historical accuracy abounds, from the abuse of the Jewish people to the bare-breasted prostitues. If you prefer quality over dumbed down then this is the version for you. Your senses will be so overwhelmed by the quality of the production you won't even notice the running time of the movie. I wanted to give the movie a five-star rating but two things held me back.
Firstly, Portia. I felt she was overwhelmed by the luminaries around her in the production. Secondly, the ending. We don't get to see Antionio receiving the news that some of his ships made it. It would have just rounded things off nicely for me.
The Merchant of VeniceBy a customer from Pershore , 11 Feb 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideA top period drama written by the Bard. I am not a great fan of William Shakespeare mainly because I find his script difficult to follow at times. However, I had seen the Merchant of Venice on the stage some years previously which helped. I therefore knew the story but, fortunately, quite forgotten the ending other than I knew that Shylock, who was magnificently portrayed by Al Pacino incidently, did not get his 'pound of flesh'.
I felt the film was well shot and the period costume of the day very authentic. I was pleased to see that some of the filming was done in Venice which gave the film yet another degree of authenticity. For me, Pacino as Shylock was at his best when trying to have Antonio honour his 'bond'.
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