In Julie Taymor’s version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the main character is now a woman named Prospera (Helen Mirren). Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft.
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I sort of get the idea of making Prospero into Prospera, and Helen Mirren is probably the only one who is even worth paying attention to, but the movie is probably the weirdest adaptations of Shakespeare I have ever seen. Just a bunch of cool effects and Russel Brand is just weird.
Don't mean to burst anyone's bubbles, but this film is ATROCIOUS. Saw earlier in the festival circuit. This is coming from someone who always feels Taymor deserves a second chance and really loves Titus but WOW. Had hopes it would be a return to something exciting but instead we got what is easily one of the worst films of the year.
Not nearly as awful as some said, it's a beautiful if sometimes indecipherable adaptation of a nearly as confusing play. Props to Helen Mirren, though. After this and RED, she could make a Saw sequel seem Oscar-worthy.