I don’t really remember why but I was actually really eager to watch this movie for quite some time. I guess it was probably because it had some really solid ratings and/or because there was a stellar cast involved. To be honest, I have to admit that I always had a hard time to get into these movies adapting William Shakespeare’s plays and keeping the original text. I mean, the language is awesome but it gets rather tiresome, especially in this case as I saw this movie in English with some Dutch subtitles (French is actually my mother tongue). Still, this movie is usually considered as one of the best Shakespeare adaptations and there was indeed many things to enjoy here. For example, it was pretty neat that they set the action in some alternative fascist version of England in the 30’s. Furthermore, as mentioned above, the cast was pretty impressive and they all delivered some really solid performances, especially Ian McKellen in the title role. For McKellen, this movie was a labor of love as he also wrote and produced the damned thing but it was really worth it and he was rightfully really proud of the end-result. To conclude, even though it didn’t really blow me away, it was still a solid adaptation and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.