Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice (2004)

William Shakespeare's incendiary drama about passion and justice amid an anti-Semitic atmosphere hits the screen again in this lush production starring Al Pacino. Lacking money to woo an heiress (Lynn Collins), smitten Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes) turns to his merchant friend, Antonio (Jeremy Irons), whose cash is tied up. But he secures a loan from Shylock (Pacino) on condition that if Antonio defaults, he'll pay with a pound of flesh -- literally.
My Two Cents: Classic deserves better than this lethargic offering; Solid acting (minus Pacino in Heat/Any Given Sunday mode).

NetFlix Rank: Didn't Like It
IMDB: 7/10


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