(out of 5)
Self-indulgent examination of Shakespeare’s bloodbath tragedy Richard III has Al Pacino directing a semi-documentary of himself preparing for a production of the play, while interviewing some famous Hollywood faces about Shakespeare. It should be interesting and captivating, it should cover a wide variety of subjects and experiences, but really it’s just about watching Pacino show some deeper acting skills than we’ve gotten used to seeing in his last few action movies. Penelope Allen (Pacino’s co-star from Dog Day Afternoon) is the biggest treat the film has to offer, watching her prepare for her role as Queen Elizabeth and then perform it shows her equally fascinating off stage as she is on.
Chal Productions, Jam Productions, Twentieth Century Fox
Directed by Al Pacino
Cinematography by Robert Leacock
Produced by Michael Hadge, Al Pacino
Music by Howard Shore
Production Design by Kevin Ritter