The Merchant of Venice has long been a favorite Shakespearean play of mine and was my introduction to the world of Shakespeare. This version is slightly darker than what i remember from high school, however is done in a way that is still so very timeless. Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons are FANTASTIC in it and Lynn Collins who portrays Portia does wonderfully in one of Shakespeare's hardest and most intelligent and top female roles. (There's also a surprising supporting role cast by Charlie Cox) The scenery and filming in Venice adds to the drama and the costuming is quite true to the period. Pacino's delivery of Shylock's soliloquy is one of the best I have seen, and the Courtroom scene is the most suspenseful and dramatic versions I have also ever seen. I highly recommend this version of The Merchant of Venice to any lover of Shakespeare or to any educator of history, literature, law, and civics.
A vivid, engrossing and defensible Shakespeare adaptation, a period piece that truly has a feel for a time long past -- and a place and attitude that are not.
A humdrum production of one of Shakespeare's most provocative plays that adds a little sex to try and spice it up. Only Pacino's Shylock makes it worthwhile.
jonathan miller's production with Oliver as shylock and joan plowright as Portia was so much better. pacino was second rate in comparison!
Best Shakespeare movie made. Al Pacino is excellent as is Jeremy Irons.
I'd love to give this more stars because the British actors were so wonderful. Unfortunately, Pacino ruined the role of Shylock. He overacted badly (as usual) and he didn't have a clue as to how to speak in meter. It was truly painful to see him so far out of his league. Better that he stick to crime movies.
This film is the Rock'em Sock'em Robots of the Shakespeare world. This is the "True Lies" meets the "Terminator" of the 15th Century. The acting is that intense. Al Pacino turns in his finest performance as Shylock. When he rails about justice and righteousness it felt to me as if bombs were going off around around me. The sheer power and conviction of Pacino in this film should be enough to deserve two Oscars. The rest of the cast are excellent of course, but if you ever wanted to see Al Pacino in his natural element, as he was meant to be seen - this is where to find him. A++
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