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  • 2001
  • 7.4  (662)

Othello is a 2001 movie adaptation of the classic Shakespearean play. The film stars Eamonn Walker as Othello, Christopher Eccleston as Iago, and Keeley Hawes as Desdemona. The movie was directed by Geoffrey Sax and produced by Colin Coxon. The setting of the film is a modern-day London police force. Othello is a respected police officer, and Iago is his jealous and deceitful colleague. The movie explores themes of jealousy, betrayal, and racism, much like the original play.

The film begins with Othello returning to London after completing a successful mission in the Balkans. He is received by his colleagues, including Iago, who seems excited to see him but is subtly turning everyone against him. Despite being married to Desdemona, Othello is constantly aware of his race and feels like he is judged at every turn. He thinks that he has found a kindred spirit in Iago and trusts him completely, not knowing that Iago harbors a deep resentment towards him.

Iago's jealousy is fueled by several factors, including Othello's decision to appoint Cassio (Rachael Stirling) as his second-in-command instead of him. He hatches an elaborate plan to manipulate Othello into believing that his wife is having an affair with Cassio.

The movie does an excellent job of portraying the complex dynamic between Othello and Iago. Iago is not just a typical villain; he is a master manipulator who knows how to get into Othello's head. Eamonn Walker shines in the role of Othello, portraying the character as a man who is constantly struggling with his own insecurities. He is aware that his race makes him an outsider in the police force, and Iago's manipulation only adds to his turmoil.

Christopher Eccleston is equally impressive in the role of Iago. He convincingly portrays the character's duplicitous nature, moving from charming and likable to scheming and manipulative in the blink of an eye. The scenes where he plants the seeds of doubt in Othello's mind are particularly compelling.

Keeley Hawes, meanwhile, gives a strong performance as Desdemona. She is portrayed as a strong-willed and independent woman who is not afraid to speak her mind. The scenes between her and Othello are poignant, and the audience can feel the love they have for each other.

The movie does not shy away from the racism that is present in the play. Othello is constantly aware of his race, and there are several instances where he is treated unfairly because of it. For example, in one scene, he is mistaken for a suspect by another police officer. The film also explores how Iago manipulates Othello's insecurities about his race to turn him against those he loves.

Overall, Othello is a well-made adaptation of the Shakespearean play. The modern-day setting works well, and the performances by the lead actors are excellent. The film's exploration of themes such as jealousy, betrayal, and racism is thought-provoking, and it remains true to the original play while also adding its own unique spin.

Othello is a 2001 drama. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4.

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