Prospero and his daughter Miranda must take refuge on an enchanted island. There Prospero, who himself has magical powers, releases the spirit Ariel from a spell, and also meets the savage Caliban. Then Prospero uses his powers to create a tempest that shipwrecks some of the persons who caused his exile. —IMDb
With the help of some creative design elements and fantastic effects, corresponding with the text’s mythical high jinks, the play becomes one completely recognisable even here, which must say something of its performance and the successful leap to film made. Pure storytelling magic, to say the truth - exactly the sort of thing Scorsese went out of his way to extol in Hugo, a centennial following.