I think the moment that I began to hate Tempest was when Molly Ringwald and Susan Sarandon broke into a rendition of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" The song occurs in the middle of a serious argument in which both women are accusing Phillip of enslaving them -- a heavy accusation. While I am all for experimentation, it was director Paul Mazursky's unwillingness or inability to treat any of his characters or their situations with sobriety that finally turned me off of the film.
Tempest's relationship with Shakespeare's play is tenuous. Many of the names are similar, but Shakespeare's play is about old age and aging with grace. It was Shakespeare's last play, his swan song, his goodbye to life in the theater because after all, "we are such things as dreams are made on." It's true that Phillip is dealing with the fears of aging, but nothing profound comes out of his disavowal of modern life. The supporting characters are where the film really differs from the play. Kalibanos (nee Caliban) is a horny Greek (Latin?) who is still connected to modernity (unlike his play counterpart). I don't know if Aretha is supposed to be Ariel, but the sexual tension confuses this parallel.
Overall, this film isn't just a bad rendition of Shakespeare, it's just a bad film.
Fave Line : (You look like Goat Shit)
A Teen age molly ringwald is ever so ugly in this Family Drama But It works A Man Searching for answers.. On A Desolate Island ... I wont ruin the show so if you are at a point in life where nothing makes sence and you want to get away this film will help You in watever is missing ..A Little Weird... DECISIONS... hmmm ?? Do What Most Makes You Happy !!!
Unfortunately for Tempest, it's plot doesn't actually start until more than 80% of the way through the film.
It masquerades as being as cerebral as its namesake, but instead is a jumbled, convoluted, and hackneyed exercise in tedium. The story just bogs down and moves at a slower and slower pace.
Raul Julia is the real highlight of the film, but sadly the plot takes far too long to get started.