I was never one of those people who enjoyed Shakespeare, especially when it came time in middle and high school to dissect all of Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter. Hated it. I do enjoy the movies that have been made from his work, but I will honestly admit that I cannot always follow what they are saying. Julie Taymor brings another exotically imagined, uniquely costumed production to the screen with Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This work stars Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Reeve Carney, Tom Conti, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, Felicity Jones, Alfred Molina, David Strathairn, and Ben Whishaw. The costumes alone make me want to see it. I especially love Djimon Hounsou’s Caliban. Official Synopsis:
In her big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s mystical thriller “The Tempest,” Academy Award®–nominated Julie Taymor (“Across the Universe,” “Frida,” “Titus”) brings an original dynamic to the story by changing the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera, portrayed by Oscar® winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”). Prospera’s journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural.
The Tempest is in theatres December 10, 2010.