The Tempest Reviews
Alfred Molina and Russelll Brand - oh my goodness.
Taymor says this is Shakespeare's last (say that British, not American), and that it is a mix of his works, comedy, tragedy, romance. And the songs, that's something new for me, and they were such a mix. The costumes -Elizabethan Steampunk. And having a lead woman instead of a man. It does so much, I imagine, to the story, a learned woman, a usurped leader, a loving protective mother. It's definitely an adaptation, in the script, the words, songs from other plays. Still. So much good here.
couldnt watch it to the end, all this gay shakespeare talk
It's like her (Taymor) visual instinct gets int he way of structure, flow, and editing. Particular in the scenes with magic, which would work in a graphic medium, but not in a film context. The summoning of the ravens... Which somehow turned into a harpy... Was just weird. And she should of had Caliban take the marbles out of his mouth.
This doesn't deserve the hate it gets though. Watch this for some stunning performances by Helen Mirren and Ben Whishaw, as Ariel.