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I really enjoyed the film even though I had never heard the Tempest story before. However it was hard to follow at times.
I have only had a brief introduction to Shakespeare in the past. I usually can not follow the plot when I am reading. However, when we watched the movie, I found that I followed it perfectly. I liked the acting and costumes. The emotions seemed right and not forced.
I thought the movie was well made. I really enjoyed the fact that Taymor kept the original language of the play intact. with how well the acting was combined with this adherence to the original script, it kind of made me feel like I taking a peek inside of Shakespeare's head.
I really liked this film I thought that Taymors use of different angles and lighting gave the film a dramatic effect. I really enjoyed how Taymor used much of the original language from the Shakespeares play with a combination of Taymor modern style of cinematography this gave the film and interesting modern twist on a classic story.
I have to agree with the last two post. I liked that the original language from the play was used. It added a very dramatic aspect to the characters. It was easy to be drawn into the emotions that were being portrayed.
I found it interesting first to have Prospero become Prospera, as a matter of interpretation, and second (as someone said above) that Taymor kept the dialogue of the play exactly as is in Shakespeare's written play. It keeps it pure...at least in this matter. With the purity in dialogue kept, it further makes the switch from Prospero to Prospera a matter of interest. It was difficult for me, relatively inexperienced with Shakespeare, to keep up. That said, the visual was a great help during the viewing and my initial read. And truly, the movie genre opens the doors for different and perhaps more nuanced interpretation. You can do much more with special effects technology than you can on a stage. Not that one or the other is better, but there is more opportunity this way.
I enjoyed watching this film. Being able to see all the different surroundings of the scenes that were being filmed were really interesting. Most scenes consists of tensions. Even though I didn't quite understand what was being said, I was still able to follow what was happening in the movie.
I thoroughly enjoyed this version of The Tempest. I originally read this play in 11th grade english and was not infatuated with it. I usually stray towards the violence of Titus and the such but this version has swayed me. I agree with the general consensus that the original dialogue was a good choice, which is surprising because I hated it in Romeo + Juliet. Also the casting of Alfred Molina and Russel Brand were great decisions. (In fact i think Russel Brand would do an Amazing "Feste" or "Mercutio". All in all this film definitely was a great adaptation.
Brilliant, brilliant casting of Russell Brand and Helen Mirren for two completely different reasons. They made the movie for me. I have never read The Tempest before, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. On a side note, Ariel's character in both the play and the movie kind of annoy me. He seems very childish. I would like to see more resentment toward Prospera for his captivity, like Caliban does, though I see the idea behind the contrasting characters.
I thought this movie was really interesting, especially the struggle for power between all of the characters. The language was hard for me to understand so the subtitles were greatly appreciated.
I have never seen a Shakespeare movie before and after seeing this one, I think that it was well done. It was shot in a beautiful place which made this movie really good, the only negative thing was that they speak in a way that I still don't quite understand because I didn't get to read much Shakespeare in high school. Overall I enjoyed this movie and reading the play gave me a chance to compare and contrast their similarities and differences.
I really enjoyed the fact that Prospero was played by a woman in Taymor's Tempest. It made sense that a woman would be banished for practicing witchcraft and that her brother would take over. From my experience of the few Shakespeare plays that I have read, there aren't a lot of female characters, much less lead characters, so it was a nice way to make the play more modern by having a female lead character. In high school, I took part in a production of Romeo and Juliet and we made Thybalt a woman just so we could have more girls in the play.I loved the character of Caliban in this version too. He is constantly being referred to as a monster in the play, and his make-up really made him seem monstrous and strange. Although I can follow the events of the plays well enough, I'd much rather watch a production of a play or a movie. Shakespeare's words sound so much better out loud than read quietly to myself.
I found it interesting that in the play Prospero forgave everyone on the island and released Ariel, but made no mention of forgiving/ releasing Caliban. Did anyone else have any thoughts on this? I wondered how the movie would handle this, and I really appreciated the result. There is no dialogue in the play explaining what happens to Caliban, but the way that Caliban slowly walked up the stairs and out the door suggested that he had finally gained his freedom but how would he respond? He served his mother Sycorax, then Prospero and then Stefano and now he would have no master and would have to find his own way.
I had not seen this play unlike most of the other movies we have seen in this class and I was quite happy to see this play. It was masterfully put together between the severe nature of what the banished mother is trying to do so that she and her daughter can have the life that was taken away from them and also the spirits and magical sense that makes it all possible. The fact that the lead character was changed to a female just made it so much more relatable to modern times in my opinion. It was a great choice by the director. It has made me curious to look into the rest of the films done by this director.
I thought the movie was limited because of origination of the play (A stage when Shakespeare wrote it), so there wasn't the typical Hollywood feel to the film. However, I thought the director did a fairly good job of getting the ideas across that Shakespeare originally had in mind. It was interesting how they changed Prospero into a woman in the movie, yet kept her hair short and made her look more manly at the same time. The actors all played their parts well, it was an excellent cast that had to rely on their skills as orators to make the movie come to life, rather than special effects or other movie tricks typically employed to keep the audience more engaged. That being said, I would not watch the movie again because it was not as entertaining as it was educational, so to speak.
I enjoyed this movie because it had major actors that are mainstream. I found it interesting that Prospero was a woman and i think that the director did a good job of keeping Shakespeares intentions for the character personality, which was a figure of power.
this film was interesting. i thought the idea of disguise was extremely funny especially because of the sexual mess it causes by Viola falling in love with Orsino and then Olivia falling in love with Violas male character Cesario.
The Tempest is one of my favorite stories. I first read it in high school and I didn't appreciate it as much as I do now. The second time watching the film definitely changed my perspective and I now really appreciate the motifs in the play. I also thought it was kind of interesting how Prospero was played by a woman instead of a man in the film. I wonder if theres a reason behind that.
The Tempest was the first movie we watched and my favorite. I enjoyed this movie more than the others due to the fact that it was most recent and I find Russel Brand hilarious. The settings in the movie had great effects with lighting and sound which really drew me in. The question that puzzled me was why the change of sex in Prospero's character?
I really liked this film; I thought Taymore did a fantastic job of making Shakespeare’s play come alive on screen. With modern technology she was really able to run with Shakespeare’s vivid imagery and make it fun to watch. I do have to agree with Parker (above) in wondering why Taymore decided to change Prospero’s sex in the film.
I'm just going to start out saying that Russell Brand is hilarious and his personality fit the part of Trinculo perfectly. It was also nice to have comic relief in the play, I always enjoy it when Shakespeare incorporates those type of characters in the play so they aren't so serious.
I thought this was a great rendition of The Tempest. I liked how the lead was a woman instead of a man. I think it gave the story an even wilder take. I think there is nothing more frightening than a woman's wrath.The only parts that confused me were the scenes with Ariel. They were kind of psychedelic and I didn't think it fit the movie.
My knowledge of Shakespeare is very limited and it seems hard to follow at times. The tempest was great at using costumes and emotions to express plots within the story. This helped me tremendously when understanding the film. The acting was very amusing as well.
Right away the first thing that pops out at me during this movie is Caliban. Caliban's character was portrayed in the film, exactly how I read him. A crazy man that just wanted to be left alone with his island, in which all the other characters were intruding on. When he spoke to the other characters, I could tell he did not like what was going on.
the take on this movie was almost dead on to what i imagined while reading it! from the setting to the casting, I really enjoy how similar it was to my own imagination! and I completely agree with MVallejo that Caliban's performance was character I felt the most connected to and believe the best.
I really loved the casting of Russell Brand as Trinculo! He and Stephano were just the perfect drunken usurpers, and added so much comedy to the more serious scenes of the film. I also really enjoyed the scene after Ferdinand is betrothed to Miranda, where Prospera has spirits sing for them.
I enjoyed this film. Russell Brand surprised me with his portrayal of Trinculo. I thought he brought a good light to the film. For me personally, Djimon Hounsou as Caliban was the best character in the film. He acted exactly as I had envisioned him acting after reading the play. He wants so desperately to be rid of Prospera’s rule that he is willing to follow Trinculo and Stephano and worship them as gods. Good film.
This movie kind of me weirded me out at first but by the end it started to make sense to me. All in all, good movie
I think Julie Taymor did a great job by making this film ultimately a comedy and making light out of a dark situation. Prospera was done wrong, but managed to be merciful to everyone who turned their backs to her. The actors that were cast were perfect for their characters, I think. For example, Russell Brand was hilarious as Trinculo. Overall, a great modern film portraying Shakespeare's play.
The thing that stood out the most to me in this play was the portrayal of the characters by the actors. The actors did a superb job of bringing Shakespeare's character to the big screen and portrayed them in the way i imagined them. Caliban in particular i thought was veryt well portrayed and this is one of the few shakespeare films that i think did the play complete justice.
What I liked most about this film and what makes me consider it done well was how close the story and characters are to how Shakespeare had intended. This I believe is a key quality in any film that is intended to portray someone else's work.
This was our first movie we watched. I enjoyed this movie even though I found it hard to follow having not been accustomed to Shakespeare before. What I thought was interesting was how Prospero was changed to a female in this movie. Prospera turned out to be a very good main character in my eyes.
This being the first film we watched really just introduced me to the types of films and plays we would be learning and watching. I found this movie to be quite entertaining and comical. When compared to the play I thought that the movie held up pretty well, it is still odd to me how they cut so many lines from the film but make it up though the scenery.
Tempest set the tone for the class as it was the first film we viewed. Not having prior knowledge of plot made the movie very confusing at first. Russel Brand added great humor to film as he played his part with passion.
the tempest was the first movie of Shakespeare 's that i saw and it was one of the most confusing. the story line was very weird and didnt make a whole lot of sense until the very end when i had to try and pice everything together. there were parts in the move that were very odd and i didnt know what to think of them. like when Ariel flies around the island singing and stuff. it kind of creeped me out and it made me not like the movie as much as i like the other ones.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film for the visual/sound effects that enhanced the theme of magic. For example, the mystical sounds of the island and the scenes of ariel flying throughout the landscape of the island was appealing to the senses. They helped enhance the simple descriptions in the text of the play.
LIke @Emma Caswell, this was one of my first Shakespeare movies, and definitely the first one i had to had to watch for school and be able to talk about it. It was hard to get used the way Shakespeare speaks. The movie itself was well done, but a little "trippy". I did like the use of the soundtrack in specific scenes such as the scene where Stephano Caliban and Trinculo are running from Ariel.
I really enjoyed this film. Julie Taymor took a funny and light hearted approach to the film and had me laughing. The way Ariel was portray was really unique and gave a true sense of his portrayal of him from the book to the on screen production.
I agree completely with what Jessica has to say, the corkiness and vibrant feel the movie showed made it interesting and kept me attentive and look for the small details in the film, the use of visual aides added to my interest of the film
This film was the first we watched and I really enjoyed it. The mood throughout the film was very vibrant and happy for the most part. I found the character of Ariel to be the most entertaining because even though he sees all and can control many things, he is in fact a slave to Prospera. Russel Brand is insanely hilarious, and it was very entertaining to see him as Trinculo.
This film seemed to pass by very slowly. The events were very spaced out which made the film seem to drag on. It was interesting to watch, because all the characters were so different. There was Prospera and Miranda, living on this island, and Caliban who appears more savage-like, Trinculo and his drunken mate, and the three shipwrecked men wandering in search of one of their sons, and a spirit. All of these characters are so different it made their interactions more interesting yet harder to understand
While this movie did seem to drag on, the pacing only seemed slow to me at the very beginning and at the end. Taymor was never one to stick to any single style though. This was a very artistic interpretation of "The Tempest" and it shows. From the visuals, the scenery, and the characters. All are unique and are sympathetic in their own way. Casting Russel Brand as Trinculo was brilliant though. Never failed to make me chuckle.
this is a great film with high production. the scenes are haliarious at some points and i love the style it was made in
I loved this movie not just becuase it had my favorite comedian Rusell Brand, but the movie had its funny parts and the main story line was very easy to follow. It was a interesting film and i would change a thing.
This was probably my favorite movie we watched all year due to the humor involved. I was shocked to see such a highly regarded comdien actor in Russel Brand, but all the characters brought the great humor.
The humor of the movie was nice and I think Brands character was a nice addition as comic relief. Overall the movie was good, but not of my taste. The spirit was a little too far in all the movie played to a compassionate feeling toward Prospera.
In the movie i noticed Prospera talked a lot about Ariel's freedom. Although she'd already promised Ariel her freedom every time something good happen she would say that she would definitely set Ariel free. In a way we can look at her plans to set Ariel free as her own freedom. Since every time something went right she was that more willing to set Ariel free because that was how close she was from being freed from the island. I would imagine that if things had gone badly she would've went back on her words because she wasn't able to keep her words that she would free Ariel after a year. Only was Prospera able to be freed of the island was she willing to set Ariel free.
I thought this movie was hilarious and is by far my favorite. I was shocked to see such a star studded cast i was expecting a few big names but was astonished to find that i recognized the majority of the cast.
This film was for sure one of my favorites! I found it hilarious mostly because of Russel Brand's acting, him being one of my favorite actors. I think they may have made the film a little bit more comedic than the Shakespeare made it out to be, but I liked it. It was definitely a good film to end the course with. Not only relieving but entraining and easier to follow than most of the films.
Julie Taymor's adaptation of this Shakespearean play is rather interesting. The way I imagined the play was slightly different and not as illusionistic as the film presented. After seeing Taymor's film of Titus Andronicus, I went into the movie expecting sort of an exaggeration. This play and movie isn't under my favorites for Shakespeare, but there were times in the movie where I enjoyed the casts rendition of the characters.
In this film I really enjoyed each of the different characters and how they held up to their characters honorable attitudes and expectations. I found many of the scenes very humorous, and intense at the same time. All together I say it was done very well.
I enjoyed watching this film. Being able to see all the different surroundings of the scenes that were being filmed were really interesting. Even though there were times that I didn't quite understand what was being said, I was still able to follow what was happening in the movie due to the actors abilities to express more than just words in the film.
I really enjoyed this film. It was by far my favorite, not only because of the story itself, but because of the way that Taymor was able to integrate the idea of magic. This film was comical in certain scenes (specifically, Russell Brand was hilarious). I also found it interesting that Ariel seemed to have physical characteristics of both a boy and a girl at some points.
Tempest, I thought was a well made movie. At times, I couldn't really understand what was happening but eventually things would fall into place and it was made clear. I thought Taymore did a excellent job and kept me interested throughout the film.
I have wanted to see this movie, ever since I was shown a couple of clips in another class. This film definitely surpassed my expectations. I loved the special effects that were used in the movie. They make the movie seem magical. Ariel was an amazing character and very well done. I liked how they made the character seem to be both male and female throughout the film. I think that even though Taymor switched the gender of the lead character, it still worked for me. It might even play off better. In all, I think that this is a great movie and everyone should watch it.
By far my favorite film of the semester. the Imagery and effects were fantastic, i felt really drawn in when watching this film. The comedy and seriousness of it all was depicted perfectly in this film. Prospero as a women I thought gave a more motherly touch that was needed.
I felt like this movie was a mixture of Shakespear and Lord of the Rings or something. I was confused by the mom at first because she seemed evil but loving at the same time. Overall an enjoyable film.
Sort of liked this movie, definitely wasn't in my top 5 of this class though. I'm a little bias because I strongly dislike Russel Brand. I also didn't like how easily Prospora let everyone off at the end. These were people who betrayed her and even banished her to this island. Her own brother was among the pack, and she just forgave them like it was nothing.
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