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|
Most helpful review
Intelligent and exciting interpretationBy Kulturmonster (59 reviews) from Ipswich , 08 Jan 2012
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[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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One magical filmBy Birket (5 reviews) , 29 Aug 2012This took me a couple of viewings to love. With its fabulous cast (Mirren, Conti and yes, Brand), highly inventive interpretation and gorgeous dialogue, I thought it wonderful. Even the song which plays over the cast list at the end is superb. For me, this is the only Shakespeare-based film to rival Trevor Nunn's Twelth Night.
An imaginative adaptationBy a customer , 24 Aug 2012This was well acted and I liked it as an adaptation: the removal of some of Prospero / Prospera's speeches make her more likeable and the inclusion of one of Shakespeare's poems makes the lovers more like characters with which to empathise rather than merely Prospera's puppets.
Entertaining and enjoyable.By a customer , 12 Aug 2012My husband and I both loved the film. It is an interesting slant to have Prospero played by a woman.
Very hit and missBy a customer , 06 Aug 2012This is a hit and miss adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
The Good - Helen Mirren, Ben Whishaw, Miranda, Gonzalo, the change to prospera from prospero, surprisingly Russell Brand, and some of the Ariel effects.
The Bad - Caliban, Ferdinand, the lack of cinematic feel and movement, most of the special effects.
It didn't look or feel much like a film but the central relationship between prospera and ariel was just wonderful. So I've come out on the generally positive.
Go on - experiment from the usual fayreBy MelissaMarabamma (249 reviews) from South Coast UK , 01 Aug 2012I loved this as it is well done and something different. I recognise that the classics can be marmite - love or hate them. Helen Mirren is ace and I do not agree with the critics. Go on - experiment from the usual fayre.