Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Mirren's Tempest

That's Helen Mirren in The Tempest, a movie adaptation of Shakespeare's play.

Her character, a sorceress, was male in Shakespeare's version.

They also turned Ariel from a female magical spirit into a male... who sometimes sprouts feminine breasts via anatomical special effects.

It came out to mixed reviews, but I liked it. I'm not in love with the original play, it always seemed slow-moving to me, somewhat lacking in true dramatic tension, but they kept the pace flowing pretty well, and kept the key poetic passages.

It has a happy ending,
albeit bitter sweet,
and lots of lovely verbiage,
to charm you off your feet.

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