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There are laughs but not quite enough.
A Horrible Histories film by any other name, Bill sees the cast of the popular CBBC show unite for a daft, affectionate take on the rise-to-fame years of William Shakespeare.
The cast's energy is infectious and they frequently seem to be one smirk or snigger shy of corpsing en masse and ruining the take.
A rare family film -- one that's hilarious.
You will chuckle a lot.
It's knockabout stuff, a long way from the elegant wit of Tom Stoppard's Shakespeare in Love but performed with infectious gusto by the multiple-role-playing cast.
An amiable diversion ...
Bill is daft fun for all the family, plus there is the bonus of Damian Lewis as Sir Richard Hawkins.
Nicely balancing its historically literate gags with broad knockabout slapstick, Bill is a crowd-pleasing treat that should tickle audiences young and old alike.
Don't let the two-star rating throw you completely, for there are some nice gags in Bill.
Richard Bracewell's Elizabethan-era comedy, starring the cast of Horrible Histories and Yonderland, is brisk, cheery fare that yields as many laughs as it does groans.
If you're up for a spot of lyre rock and other hey-nonny-nonsense, this is exactly as you like it.
This was enjoyable and definitely one of those films that deserves cult status. I can't remember watching something with such ties to Monty Python, not as crude or savage but never the less still very funny. I honestly wish they made many more of these movies instead of the 250m mega budgeted films. The cast do well with clever puns and situational humour, the film never sits on the one joke which is nice. A lot of films in this day and age tend to go for a lot of quick and tasteless jokes that never float with the audience. If the creators go with another production, I'll be quite eager to check it out. 25-10-2017.
Very reminiscent of Monty Python, the Horrible Histories crew take a lighthearted look at Billy the Shake for a brief idle in catty Elizabethan doldrums. There's plenty of referential oneliners to go around in this that has the cast assume several roles, and that's where most of the fun is as well. Anglophiles will get their due quotient here.
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