Branagh is clearly a superb director with an exciting vision of how to bring Shakespeare to life; he's been acclaimed as such by crits far more expert than me. If I were to find a fault, though, it would be that his portrayal of Berowne was identical to his portrayal of Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing with the obvious exception that Benedick never bursts into song and doesn't tap dance; surely it's within his powers to vary his performances a wee bit more?
That minor gripe aside and Love's Labour's Lost is packed with great performances; Richard Briers (Nathaniel), Alicia Silverstone (The Princess of France), Jimmy Yuill (Constable Dull) and the rest of the company give their all and produce a sparkling ensemble piece.
So - the all important film club scale: Dong only took a fag break when the DVD started freezing the image and yours truly had to go and clean it; Shazzerooneypoos didn't wuffle at all but was chuckling away merrily throughout; Slocombe enjoyed it and didn't mention the word "bollocks" in connection with the film at all. The Wizzers of Soz thought it just the sort of film she'd wanted to see (and she's not a big lover of The Bard). Mrs The Millbrooker and I were both very happy to have seen it.
So, even if you don't think that Willie Shake is up your street, I have to recommend that you give this one a try. It's fun, it's light, it's terrific.