I’m not a Branaugh fan, but this worked for me. Monsieur Shakespeare as retired playwright and decent stick, respected for his accomplishments and enough poetry in his soul to appreciate interesting aspects to his family life. The scene where Dench as the Mrs. demonstrates she’s learned to write her name occasions verse quotations about Titania the fairy queen: Could this have been tribute to the 1968 film ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with Judi D. as Titania herself? If not, what were they thinking? ‘True’ aims at wistful and poignant rather than humorous, and does what it intends.

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