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Titus

titusThis film is an adaptation of the Shakespeare play “Titus Andronicus.” Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family. Who says revenge is sweet? (IMDb)

So…I don’t know how I feel about this. I wanted to like this so badly. I really did. Great cast, Julie Taymor, Shakespeare, this should have been a home run. Yeah…I thought it was pretentious. Which sucks, because normally I love Julie Taymor. Where I normally love her crazy visuals, I thought they were too much. I think there was a concept beneath all of the craziness that was happening. Why was the little boy there? Is he from the time period? Why does he suddenly become the grandson? Was he always the grandson? Why was the last two minutes just him walking? Just…meh. The acting was fine in my opinion. Except Jessica Lange. She was more than fine. She killed it. But honestly, there’s better Shakespeare adaptations out there…I think I’ll just go watch She’s the Man now.

4/10

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

a midsummer night's dreamLovers lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and… love. (IMDb)

This is the version I’ve been meaning to watch for awhile. Mostly for the cast list that includes Stanley Tucci (Puck), Kevin Kline (Bottom), Michelle Pfeiffer (Titania), Calista Flockhart (Helena), Anna Friel (Hermia), Christian Bale (Demetrius), and a ton more. For the most part, I thought this was a fun adaptation of one of my favorite comedies. Kline killed it as Bottom. He was hilarious and did some really fun things with the part. Tucci almost stole it for me. He was so much fun as Puck. I mean, the ensemble cast as a whole was impressive, so no complaints there. I thought the setting, Victorian era Italy, was pretty cool and actually worked fairly well. It made for some fun bits (like Puck trying to figure out what a bike is) but there were some times when I was like “ok I get it, the costumes and scenery are pretty, but can we please just get back to the story.” Overall though, this is a fun adaptation that is great for the masses as well.

7/10

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Macbeth

macbethMaintaining the gripping tone of director Rupert Goold’s acclaimed stage adaptation, this modernized version of the Shakespearean tragedy stars Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood as the ambitious couple driven to madness with paranoia. This conceptual interpretation of the Bard’s play transposes the Scottish setting to a 20th-century militaristic society, and features potent performances by Stewart and Fleetwood as the doomed king and queen. (Netflix)

I’ve had a few friends telling me to watch this for awhile now, and I’m glad I did. Overall, I really liked it. That being said, I did not LOVE it. I thoroughly enjoyed it though. Conceptually, I thought it was really cool, especially from a visual aspect. However, there were a few times I was like Really? As in: you’re really going to stick a sink in the middle of a long dark hallway? Or why are pivotal scenes taking place in the kitchen? But besides a few random things, I liked the dark feel to it. Also, there were parts of this that dragged, but thankfully the other scenes made up for those. The acting for the most part was really good. Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood are both fantastic. However, there were a few times where I  thought there was unnecessary yelling. The rest of the ensemble was really good. My only complaints were that the Porter overdid it, and the guy who played the injured lieutenant. The guy may only have one monologue in the whole show, but it’s the first one, and it sets up pretty much everything, so it’s pretty important. Yeah, I couldn’t understand a word that guy said. On the flip side of things, I absolutely loved the witches. They were absolutely terrifying. This was thanks both to the acting, and for the editing of their scenes. They were seriously scary. They also had a presence throughout the entire movie, which I think was a really bold and interesting choice. Overall, I enjoyed this, and it is worth a watch for any Shakespeare lover.

7/10

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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