The Tempest (2010)



Critic Consensus: Director Julie Taymor's gender-swapping of roles and some frenzied special effects can't quite disguise an otherwise stagey, uninspired take on Shakespeare's classic.

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The sorceress Prospera's journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural.
Rating: PG13 (for some nudity, suggestive content and scary images)
Genre: Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Julie Taymor
Written By: Julie Taymor
In Theaters: limited
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Ben Wishaw
as Ariel
Helen Mirren
as Prospera
Felicity Jones
as Miranda
Djimon Hounsou
as Caliban
Ben Whishaw
as Ariel
Reeve Carney
as Prince Ferdinand
David Strathairn
as King Alonso
Alan Cumming
as Sebastian
Chris Cooper
as Antonio
Tom Conti
as Gonzalo
Alfred Molina
as Stephano
Russell Brand
as Trinculo
Jude Akuwudike
as Boatswain
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Critic Reviews for The Tempest

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (31)

You expect Nicolas Cage to pop up from behind a sand dune on a Harley brandishing a rocket launcher.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
Time Out
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No excerpt available.

Full Review… | January 11, 2011
Globe and Mail
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Taymor, by turning Prospero into a woman while retaining an "imperialist" view of Caliban, will no doubt simultaneously please and enrage left-wing critics. The rest of us can enjoy the movie's strengths...

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
New Yorker
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Primarily an exercise in eccentric (and, I would argue, empty) spectacle.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Normally I'd watch Helen Mirren in anything, even if she was just putting out the laundry or reading the phone book. But, given the roteness of her line readings here, it might have been better if the phone book rather than Shakespeare was her text.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
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The costumes designed by Sandy Powell - leather gowns and military uniforms, Renaissance in silhouette and detailed with zippers - are the film's most arresting element.

Full Review… | December 16, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for The Tempest

This one is hard to keep up with because of languaged used, old english. Has a good plot. 3 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Once the Duchess of Milan, Prospera(Helen Mirren) has suffered through twelve years of exile which have done little to lower her ire at those she finds responsible. One day, she takes revenge by casting a spell through the sprite Ariel(Ben Whishaw) that capsizes the boat Antonio(Chris Cooper), the new duke, is traveling on with King Alonso(David Strathairn) of Naples, amongst others. Her teenaged daughter Miranda(Felicity Jones) manages to assuage her anger just in time. So she has them desposited safely on a beach somewhere on the island, with Alonso's son Ferdinand(Reeve Carney) arriving safely elsewhere. Now, with that all done, Caliban(Djimon Hounsou) would like to file a complaint... If all Julie Taymor had brought to this version of William Shakespeare's venerable play was its great look, impressive design and Helen Mirren, it would have gone a long way towards putting this definitely in the win column. Sad to say, she doesn't stop there, going overboard on the visual effects.(Just remember that the play is the thing.) Putting together a great supporting cast is usually a very good idea in cases like this. But here, it verges on stunt casting in a couple of prime examples and Taymor does little to rein them in, throwing the movie off balance in the bargain. That having been said, I now believe that Chris Cooper would fit in well no matter what movie he appears in.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Apparently very well made. Apparently very wonderful actors. Apparently Shakespeare was a genius. Apparently I just don't understand it....and I tried for an hour. I was lost....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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