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King Lear (2008)





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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Apr 21, 2009
PBS Home Video


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I feel like this adaptation skims through the first quarter of the play and doesn't really get good until about the halfway mark when Ian McKellen really gets great.

Sunil Jawahir

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The televised film of Shakespeare's "King Lear" performed in 2008 is driven by excellent performances, particularly McKellen at his best, while being too faithful and depressing as in increasing the tragic spirit. Furthermore, there are times it can be a little disturbing - adjacent to the depressing tone, and questioning some misplacements of items and clothing. (B)

I often have trouble with Shakespeare, and I felt that this film, while true in every sense to the original work, did not strive to make its story particularly accessible. Many performances were well done, but a higher budget and some willingness to part with the original in some instances could have helped the film immensely.

Hannah H.
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