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This is the ultimate female take-back-the-narrative movie, and frankly a lot of it is silly and sophomoric. But it's also juicy and fun ...
That sound you hear is cordial applause, and the riffling of an audience paging through their high-school-English-class paperbacks to double-check the facts.
Most damning, however, is that the film no longer feels as if it belongs to Ophelia, but instead uses her for a different take on a well-known tale.
This vigorous, colorful and clever melodrama smartly rethinks both the play and the character, making her a far more proactive figure than Shakespeare did in addition to entirely re-imagining her fate.
Gives the character new depth, even letting her experience some of the play's big moments, whether it's encountering a ghost on the battlements or eavesdropping on important conversations from behind a tapestry.
It would be easy to be seduced by Ophelia's visual beauty alone and call it good, but, for a smashing review, I am seeking something fully fleshed out and ripened.
This Ophelia is far from mad and helpless. Semi Chellas's adaptation inspires and entertains. You will be wowed by the refreshing twists that update this male-centric saga and give women the credit they deserve.
There are enough touches of The Bard scattered and splattered in a mostly lavish-looking chick flick that even has an occasional kick
"Ophelia" is a refreshing addition to the bold sub-genre of Shakespeare-inspired plays and films that weave in and around the prolific English playwright's esteemed works.
Whether this all works is up for debate, but I will say it would take a better writer than me to take a stab at rewriting Shakespeare's greatest play.
[Claire] McCarthy's work combines with fascinating performances to tell a version of Hamlet we've never seen before.
After an agreeably high-energy opening stretch, the movie settles into a fairly sedate mode it can't pull out of.
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