Who knew Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was so...zany? The guy who wrote Faust, who dabbled in Sturm und Drang, who is considered to be “the supreme genius of German literature?” Goethe, a wacky cut-up?
Apparently his genius came at a price—a broken heart. Young Goethe In Love appears to be in the same vein as Shakespeare in Love, Amadeus, Bright Star, et al; perhaps not completely accurate in terms of history, but depicting a lively portrait of an actual historical figure who might’ve seemed daunting previously (plus the guy playing Goethe is foxy!)
The film opens in limited release today, in California and New York, and hits other cities in future weeks.