Personally, I enjoyed the movie more than the play because it was easier to understand. In the play Othello, sometimes it was hard to understand the emotions certain characters, such as Iago and Othello were displaying. As well as clarity, there was more action in the movie, which made it more interesting. I thought that the play, was somewhat boring. I felt like nothing was happening; it was all talk and no one carried anything out until the very end. The planning was intricate and cunning, but hearing about it for pages on end can become laborious and monotonous. Even then, when the plan does get carried out, almost everyone dies. Moreover, you do not obtain knowledge of where the characters end up after the plan is carried out. You know that Iago goes to jail, but that is the most they tell you. I would have liked some details because he was the ?mastermind? of the whole play. That said, I appreciate the techniques that Shakespeare used and the characters themselves because each one was different, making you love them or love to hate them. The movie also followed along with the plot of the play well. Some small details were left out, such as the encounter with the clown, but that was because it was not essential to the understanding of the play. As well as skipping over scenes, the movie added scenes as well, such as the consummation of Othello and Desdemona?s marriage that was just briefly mentioned in the play. However, I felt that it was pretty graphic in the movie, which was not necessary.
Some people feel that shakespearean movies lose the underlying meanings that people would catch if they were reading the play. These include: jabs at the general public, disapproving feelings of the government, and women?s rights. This proved to have some truth to it because I felt that you could not realize the advanced feminist ideas Shakespeare was trying to convey. These are particularly important because the ideas he was voicing were extremely advanced and frowned upon during the time he wrote Othello. But, the movie was successful in keeping some of Shakespeare?s original language. Of course, the whole movie cannot be spoken in the poet?s words, but during the important scenes, some primary lines were spoken, which aided the viewers in understanding how Shakespeare felt in his time.
Even though I did not enjoy the play as well as I did the movie, I would recommend that you read the play before watching the movie to really appreciate all of Shakespeare?s language. In conclusion, I would rate the play a 5 and the movie as an 8.
Et toujours cette histoire d'intrigues et de trahisons amoureuses très bien racontée.