Year Released: 2005
Main Stars: Shirley Henderson , James McAvoy, Bill Paterson , Keeley Hawes, Damian Lewis ,Sarah Parish , Imelda Staunton , Sharon Small , Dean Lennox Kelly , Jaime Murray , Martin Jarvis , Rufus Sewell, Billy Piper, and more….
Review Date: October 2016
Last watched: October 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
Oh, boy. It’s a Shakespeare thing.
Well, four Shakespeare things actually and re-imagined for modern world by the BBC.
Macbeth – James is very strong here as are all the cast including Keeley but the adaptation tries to do too much and ends up being confusing and a bit contrived. Didn’t like it.
Much Ado About Nothing – Damian, Martin, Billy, Sarah. All fantastic. Billy and Sarah are, of course gorgeous and all the women are strong and important, standing up to the male roles with equal 3D qualities. The filming is both sympathetic and clever without any feeling of budget constrains or difficulties. I’d say this is the stand-out of the four plays.
The Taming Of The Shrew – no. very much let down by the force of direction and lack of reality. Looks like someone stuck to the play a little too much and just made the people a little more extreme. Definitely been done better just about everywhere else which is a shame for the Tame.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Nicely put together and played with Sharon and Dean being two of the four standout guys for me. Everyone else made it look so easy which is exactly what you need for a comedy like this one but the dramatic parts were given full force by Imelda and Bill who absolutely smashed it. Great show.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Macbeth – none, Much Ado – Thrice, Taming – none, Midsummer – Twice.
Watch if on TV?
Yes, for Much Ado and Midsummer but no for the other two.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog, perchance to dream or not to dream that is… not in it.