The Tempest details
|Starring:||Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Djimon Hounsou, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, Felicity Jones, David Strathairn, Tom Conti, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper|
|Genres:||Children, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||December - LOVEFiLM Picks, Pay-per-view|
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Dec 2011|
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Intelligent and exciting interpretationBy Kulturmonster (59 reviews) from Ipswich , 08 Jan 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]This is an original and coloufrul interpretation of what has become one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. I was very impressed by Taymor's film 'Titus' (after 'Titus Andronicus') and was looking forward to seeing her interpretation of 'The Tempest'. It does not carry the same impact and originality as her previous Shakespeare adaptation, perhaps because with her first, she was taking on a largely ignored and even derided Shakespeare play and turning it into something new, but with this one she has started with a play that has been intepreted over and over again and which people are very familiar.
There is a lot in this work that is excellent. There are precedents for a female Prospero(a) so purists have no cause to complain. Having a female lead role drastically changes the relationship with daughter Miranda into more of a protective confidante than a control freak. Ariel is depicted as powerful and assertive, as opposed to the usal simpering slave.
Russel Brand gets second billing in the credits, and probably got the second biggest fee too, for quite a minor part. I find his inclusion in the play, given his recent history, quite irritating, and this might be a warning to directors who decide to put in 'star' names. He plays a drunken lout, and you suspect that he did not have to act very hard to do it. Despite this, the scenes involving the drunken sailors and Caliban are genuinely funny and the best interpretation I have seen.
What lets this film down is the the special effects do not dazzle in the way that we expect. Prospera is a magician who creates illusions, and while those shown on the screen would have suitably impressed the islanders, they do not startle a contemporary audience in the way that we have come to expect.
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More Dreary than DreamlikeBy Seedyvee (205 reviews) from Grantham , 22 Apr 2013The ideas were there and the locations suitable but the visual special effects, looking gimmicky and clever, and the too often incongrous rock-style background music made the film more remote and garishly foreign than an exotic romantic dream experience. Worse still were the songs softly crooned beyond recognition. Individual performances saved the production such as that of Caliban and Prospera and those of Trinculo and Stephano providing light relief. Ariel was interestingly cast as a kind of Puck-David Bowie cross but I'm afraid the young love pair were quite vapid and colourless. Perhaps a production to compare a theatrical version with.
Sure there are speeches missingBy Apachesquaw (17 reviews) , 02 Apr 2013A struggle to watch if you dont like Shakespeare and could be a struggle if you do, seeming to wander about a bit and 'neatened' up. Make sure you know the play before watching, is the best advice I can give.
Great but PG rated?By a customer , 20 Jan 2013Enjoyable and an interesting interpretation. I watched it with my 12 year old (PG rated) and was surprised when Brand & co managed to slip in 'F***' a couple of times - definitely couldn't find that in the original text. Some of the other bits were perhaps too much for sensitive children.
The best Shakespear film out!By a customer , 06 Dec 2012A truly wonderful, imaginative and very 'watchable'! Get it out now! If you are wary of Shakespear then one. The language is his but you will get so much from the action that it won't get in the way.
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Visual feastBy a customer , 16 Sep 2012I have never read The Tempest and did not know that the lead was male. I thought that Helen Mirren's was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It was a visual feast and beautifully made. I was surprised to see Russell Brand in this film but felt it was an unexpected treat.