Richard III Reviews
September 16, 2014
dont be a nigger check that trigger
August 16, 2014
Awesome. The time transplant feels organic and McKellen is absolutely captivating.
June 12, 2014
Good thing McKellen's in virtually every scene, because he totally owns this role. Some of the other cast members (Bening, especially) aren't quite so mesmerizing.
November 21, 2013
An incredibly fresh reinstallation of the Great Master's work with an excellent performance of Gandalf/Magneto and an evergreen story about treachery and the nature of dictatorships.
November 13, 2013
Best version ever. Cleverest use of the line: "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"
October 1, 2013
A pretty solid re-imagining of Richard III, but not my favorite.
September 9, 2013
This is a better movie than I give credit for. The problem for me, is that Shakespearean dialogue to me is like a second language you know, but you don't converse in enough that you can unconsciously think in it. So for me, it takes longer to register the meaning, symbolism and the acting, leaving me less time to actually enjoy the proceedings.
September 7, 2013
While not as good as the '55 Olivier version, Richard Loncraine's reimaging of the classic tale is a highly inventive and stylish drama.
August 10, 2013
Not only is this the best version ever of this play, but it is pure alternate world SF.
September 12, 2012
With arguably Ian McKellen's greatest performance in tow and an astounishing level of visual finace, this alongside Brannagh's Hamlet marks the high note of the ninties Shakespeare rebirth.
June 26, 2013
A strong contender for the greatest Shakespearean adaptation ever put to screen. Radical in its approach, they set the story during WWII. This modernizing approach to Shakespeare would become popular later with Romeo & Juliet and others. This was the first. Ian McKellen is flawless and impossibly riveting. He puts some of the other (American) actors to shame. Ultimately, this intense story is incredible from start to finish.
July 9, 2007
I'd love to see this again.
February 20, 2013
Madness,envy,greed and traition are the ingredents of an remarkable shakesperean drama supported by mighty roles.
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December 20, 2012
An endlessly entertaining update of Richard III. It's fun to see Ian McKellan single-handedly take control of Britain... literally.
December 20, 2012
This is the first movie I ever saw Sir Ian McKellen in -- and what a knockout performance! It'll make you want to brush up on your Shakespeare.
December 19, 2012
This film raises the bar for Shakespearean adaptations. Ian McKellen's stellar performance captures the fascinating complexity of Richard as a villain, as he is terrifying in his subtle facial expressions and intonations, and his playful skips as he succeeds in his plots add a nice touch to demonstrate his complete lack of regard towards the bloodshed and terror he inflicts. I am really glad that the film stayed true to the play with regards to Richard's communication with the audience. It was interesting to feel like a co-conspirator with Richard, and I feel that this aspect was still effective on screen. Loncraine's direction was fabulous, as several shots will remain with me forever, especially the chilling image of Lady Anne's dead corpse while a spider crawls into her mouth. This movie is a great, well-acted thrill ride.
June 10, 2012
it's a sit down and actually WATCH it type of movie.
October 27, 2012
Ian McKellen is Mesmerizing in this performance. The modernized setting and story-telling are a bit off-putting.
October 10, 2012
If you've seen that Romeo and Juliet with DeCaprio in it, then a modified Shakespeare play is nothing new to you. If not, this story is set in (modified for) 1930's England with Richard, the villian and he knows it, bloodily killing off family and others to gain the crown. May not seem like much, but it was actually pretty compelling. There is a language hurdle though: The (I'm assuming) exact language from the play is used, forcing me to turn on closed captioning to keep up and even then there were occasions I didn't know what a line meant exactly. Also, the ending, withe the famous line, "A horse, my kingdom for a horse," I think coulda been thought out better. It seemed canned compared to the classiness of the rest of the flick. Overall, and having never heard this Shakespearean story before, it was good stuff and seems like a foundation for a lot of movies we see today.
September 2, 2012
McKellen is fantastic.