War begets revenge. Victorious general, Titus Andronicus, returns to Rome with hostages: Tamora queen of the Goths and her sons. He orders the eldest hewn to appease the Roman dead. He declines the proffered emperor’s crown, nominating Saturninus, the last ruler’s venal elder son.
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Julie Taymor's wildly imaginative update of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" casts Anthony Hopkins in the title role, a Roman general whose faithfulness to the new emperor is betrayed when he takes the former Goth queen as his wife, who is determined to undermine the empire for her own devices. Fiercely original, Taymor's unique vision is often her own worst enemy, but flashes of brilliance prevail here.
4.5? An entire lifetime of terrible prejudice against a director and then something can happen to change that. Taymor has her cake - a mostly respectably played community theater shakespeare levitated by high production values, the world's best costumer, and a stylish kid - and eats it -- a decadent parody of all self-serious adaptations, gruesome, unreal, campy, - - too. Filmed theater can work.