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Actors: Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, David Straitharn
Director: Julie Taymor
Stark colors and textures dominate The Tempest, a cinematic adaptation of the classic play by William Shakespeare, directed by acclaimed theater maverick Julie Taymor (whose other films include Titus and Frida). The ever-m... more »
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Tanner D. (TD) from DES MOINES, IA
Reviewed on 4/15/2014...
It's difficult to articulately and accurately depict a film whose work reflects perhaps the greatest writer who ever took to ink if, in fact, the author of the review has barely engulfed himself to the writer's talents. Trying is the next best investment. Julie Taymor's The Tempest fills the silver screen with visual cinematic splendor while her thespians vest themselves in the depth of the Shakespeare's final masterpiece. The film's gorgeous use of color, texture, and CGI trick and treat our eyes to a pleasant experience. The talents of the actors/actresses, particularly Ben Whishaw and Djimon Hounsou, add to the experience's depth. The issue with the film is that there was no emotional connection to the story and its characters. While I could appreciate what was being displayed, my personal experience as the viewer was disjointed. Their collective fates had no bearing on me and, consequently, no meaning. I also understand the power of dialogue in this classic telling. However, I felt some of the sequences played out for what seemed like ages due to lack of intrigue while others eclipsed in no time at all. Thus, the long ongoing "dramatic" buildup faltered into a crumbling mess of a finish. This is a film that will draw you in with its visual delights and ultimately disappoint due to its uneven keel of emotional shallowness, missing intrigue, and temporal instability.
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