THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
The film is set in 16th-century Venice. Al Pacino plays the jude Shylock, a moneylender. Jeremy Irons is Antonio, a venetian merchant, and Joseph Fiennes is Bassanio. Young Bassanio wants to win Portia’s heart, daughter and heiress of wealthy Belmont and, for that, asks his good friend Antonio for money. He makes an agreement with Shylock, an avaricious moneylender.
Without having read this Shakespeare’s play, in my opinion we have a very good film before us. It has an exceptional casting and it’s a classical adaptation of this play. The best is the text, that speaks us about revenge, love, friendship , justice, etc. The music is also very beautiful, and the photograph is excellent; I don’t know if the director shows the real Venice in the 16th-century, but the film has magnificent settings and costumes.
It has some very good moments; anyone who has seen the film will remember the final trial, for example, gripping and tense. The dialogues are exceptional, and Al Pacino is perfect in a tragic Shylock.
For me, it’s worth seeing it. I think you’ll enjoy this well done film.
By Carmen Cabana