The Tempest

The Tempest

Streaming Video - 2010
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After a harrowing shipwreck, the members of a royal court are washed ashore on various parts of a mysterious island. Their fateful arrival on this particular island is no coincidence. The exiled Prospera (Mirren) has used her magical powers to guide the ship here to settle a score with the very men who banished her from her homeland. Abetted by her sometimes unwilling aides, Ariel (Whishaw) and Caliban (Hounsou), Prospera puts her former tormentors through some dangerous and often hilarious adventures. However, when the king's son, Ferdinand (Carney), meets her daughter, Miranda (Jones), it is love at first sight-a kind of magic that even Prospera is powerless to control.

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Take the time to watch the backgrounders and comments. It will enrich your appreciation of the play and direction in the movie.

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ms_mustard
Feb 11, 2017

the perfect companion to Atwood's Hag Seed.
off-kilter Shakespeare....

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LPL_Sarah
Nov 02, 2016

The casting (with the exception of Russel Brand who, frankly, is just terrible) is brilliant, but I found the production to be overwrought and feeling like it was trying too hard to be different. And The CGI-driven Ariel had me laughing out loud at times. That said, Helen Mirren is wonderful as Prospero and the majority of the cast is great too.

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firefly5
Jul 17, 2016

Did not finish watching this.

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patch666
Apr 02, 2016

Did someone say it had to much talking ????? Shakespeare is only for the stage ??? only meant to be read ???? who are you people and why are you at the library >>>666

But Russel brand is an idiot should never appear in Shaksepeare or even on the screne again

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rslade
Dec 25, 2014

Goes out of its way to be arty, but, ultimately, a decent and clear production.

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dragonwings
Mar 21, 2014

A fantastic, multi-faceted version that delights with originality and freshness.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 27, 2013

Perhaps it is because I am not a fan of Shakespeare, or perhaps I simply did not find the storyline interesting. So apart from some good scenery - the film was shot in Hawaii - I got nothing out of it. Too much talking. Forced acting. A disappointment.

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22950011317518
Jan 02, 2013

This dvd was unexpected for me. I saw the actors listed and thought "can't go wrong"
Well I was completely surprised and delighted!
For some Shakespeare / movies I find it hard to really grasp the english language. I Love it mind you.
I think that the director. Taymor [i think] did a brilliant job. She really does show how the language was so descriptive and visual and poetic. When I think of this generation and all its short forms of speaking It saddens me. I highly recommend this movie. I watched every inch of it twice!.

aaa5756 Jun 28, 2012

One of the most Disappointing -Unwatchable films I’ve ever seen this year. Really a dumb movie. "I fast forwarded all the way." It would be a waste of money to buy.

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