King Lear (2008)
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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.
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.
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