Critic Review - Christian Science Monitor

Normally I'd watch Helen Mirren in anything, even if she was just putting out the laundry or reading the phone book. But, given the roteness of her line readings here, it might have been better if the phone book rather than Shakespeare was her text.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comment (1)
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Chad W.

Chad Wys

I think you're joking when you say that you would prefer to hear Ms. Mirren read from a phone book. But then you belabor the joke when you suggest that it would actually be preferable to hear her read a relatively meaningless series of digits, names, and addresses rather than hear her -- as in this film -- read verses written by the most beloved author in history. I fail to understand your criticism. Are you criticizing the unshapely "roteness" of Shakespeare's literature, are you criticizing Mirren's performance, or are you advocating for a new genre of phone book-reading cinema? Truly, I think you may be confused. Mirren has a wonderful voice -- you admit as much yourself -- and many of us would like to hear her read anything. But are you truly suggesting that a phone book is preferable to the Bard? I am at such a loss.

Dec 22 - 04:35 AM

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