The Tempest is a 2010 American fantasy film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, featuring Helen Mirren in the principal role of Prospera. The film is directed by Julie Taymor and premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2010.
Runtime 2 hrs 0 mins Release Date Sep 11th 2010
The film has received mixed to negative reviews from critics; Rotten Tomatoes maintains that 30% of 86 reviewers gave a positive review with an average score of 4.6/10. Entertainment Weekly said the film – "theatrically ambitious, musically busy, and in the end cinematically inert – clearly reflects the authorship of myth-loving director Julie Taymor." USA Today found that "Mirren keeps the film on track. But incomprehensible shouting and pointless shenanigans obscure subtle moments." In a similar vein, Newsweek said "the film's special effects, to a surprising extent, add little to the story," and that "next to the concise power of 1 language, the screen wizardry of even a resourceful director like Taymor seems like rough magic indeed". However, The New Yorker's David Denby pointed out the film's strengths, most particularly Helen Mirren's performance as Prospera: "Mirren has the range and power to play a woman with unprecedented control of the elements, and over men, too." Sandra Hall in The Sydney Morning Herald is more generous toward Taymor's vision, saying, "In the scene that explains the circumstances of mother and daughter's banishment from the dukedom of Milan, Taymor has skillfully tweaked Shakespeare's lines to take account of her new scenario," and praising the film's visual elements.
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2010 films, 2010s comedy-drama films, 2010s romantic comedy films, American comedy-drama films, American fantasy-comedy films, American films, American romantic comedy films, English-language films, Films based on The Tempest, Films directed by Julie Taymor, Films set on islands, Films shot in Hawaii, Hawaii (island), Lanai, Miramax Films films, Touchstone Pictures films
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