After years stranded on a deserted island, exiled duchess and sorceress Prospera (Helen Mirren) exacts vengeance on her enemies, whose passing vessel she has shipwrecked. What she doesn’t know is that the ship also carries a potential suitor to her daughter (Felicity Jones). Writer-director Julie Taymor’s bold adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play also stars Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou, Alfred Molina and Chris Cooper. (Netflix)
This was an…interesting adaptation of the Shakespeare play. The visuals of it were great, all thanks to Julie Taymor’s unique vision of the show. And, it did provide something extra to the show making Prospero a woman. But overall…meh. Which is disappointing considering the talent of the cast. Helen Mirren as Prospera, Alan Cumming as Sebastian, and Alfred Molina as Stephano were the highlights. Plus I was pleasantly surprised by Russell Brand, who actually had some hold on the language, but wasn’t afraid to throw in his brand of comedy into it. Djimon Hounsou was a disappointing Caliban. I couldn’t understand a damn thing he said. The rest of the cast did a nice job, but nothing that stood out…except for Reeve Carney’s (Ferdinand) annoying voice. So, an adaptation with great potential that fell flat. Oh well.