Cymbeline Reviews

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April 27, 2018
It gives us Shakespeare, but with a murkiness and lack of poetics and too many story-lines converging all at once.
September 20, 2017
Ah, another modern Shakespearean adaptation with Elizabethan dialogue and guns. But Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet this is not.
August 3, 2017
Haunting and richly layered, tis such stuff as dreams are made on.
May 20, 2016
Of course, Ed Harris as a leather-jacket-wearing biker monarch blasting away with an assault rifle gives Almereyda a solid base to work from.
March 12, 2016
Almereyda is back at it fourteen years later with Cymbeline, a dramatically clunkier Shakespeare play, both in and of itself and for the challenges it presents to a modern adaptation.
May 27, 2015
Cymbeline's familiar Elizabethan tropes do not translate well to a modern context, nor do the constant references to 'Caesar' or 'Romans.'
May 17, 2015
Michael Almereyda's modernized adaptation of Cymbeline comes to the screen with a number of flaws, including an overstuffed plot and a questionable structure.
May 1, 2015
... strips down the Bard's narrative and ramps up the sex and violence, which is fine, but as with other such projects, the anachronistic dialogue is awkward and the storytelling is muddled and convoluted.
March 23, 2015
What we get-a bitty and begrimed romance-has a lyrical sway of its own, and, even if some of the cast seem lost in the lines, Hawke returns to save the day, and the movie.
March 14, 2015
Almereyda never gives us a reason why this particular Shakespeare story is relevant for today, and thus worthy of being retold. Perhaps he watched too much Sons of Anarchy?
March 13, 2015
"Cymbeline" doesn't display any type of storytelling fluidity, lurching from scene to scene, barely making character connections as the production fights to preserve the iconic language while letting the rest of the effort slip into a coma.
March 13, 2015
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) is remarkably good in her role, as is Hawke in the nastily playful, Iago-like role of Iachimo.
March 13, 2015
A conceptually weak and dramatically muddled mess that has acquired a game and good cast and then given them precious little to do.
March 13, 2015
If too many filmmakers try to amp up the excitement in Shakespeare with movie magic, Almereyda goes to the opposite extreme in Cymbeline.
March 12, 2015
A mash-up of social media shortcomings and Shakespearean tragedy that becomes as much a tale of cinematic ambition gone awry as anything the Bard intended.
March 12, 2015
The film has moments of real wit and stylish brutality, but its nods to modernity (motorcycles, iPads, Google) just feel like self-conscious stunts.
March 12, 2015
"Cymbeline" has been branded a tragedy, a tragicomedy and a romance, and Mr. Almereyda embraces all three categories. The movie is by turns grim, grimly amusing and romantic, sometimes at once.
March 12, 2015
[Shakespeare's Cymbeline is] given a distinctly contemporary sheen that almost makes it seem fresh, which is not-unfortunately-the same thing as coherent.
March 12, 2015
Almereyda tackles one of the Bard's lesser-regarded later works, the plot-heavy tragicomedy Cymbeline, and again unearths untold depths.
March 11, 2015
If this willfully peculiar and daring "Cymbeline" isn't to all tastes, it brings back the blood, the thrills and the sense of moral discovery to a long-neglected work.
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