“A fiercely intelligent and poignant film about family, grief and the tyranny of genius”
Acknowledged as the greatest poet and playwright of the age, William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) is devastated when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground in 1613. Dispirited, he returns to the family home in Stratford. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to coax the estranged affections of his long-neglected wife, Anne (Judi Dench) and daughters Susanna and Judith.
Directed by actor-director Branagh, with an illustrious track record as a helmer of films inspired by works of Shakespeare including Henry V (1989), Hamlet (1996) and Macbeth (2013), All Is True is a moving speculative drama immeasurably enriched by an excellent cast and a finely attuned screenplay penned by Ben Elton (Upstart Crow).
Ian McKellen turns in a virtuoso performance as the Earl of Southampton; one memorable scene in which his character spars with Branagh's bard is a veritable masterclass in Shakespearean acting.