The Tempest

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  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 5.3  (8,168)
  • 43

The Tempest is a 2010 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name. Directed by Julie Taymor, the film stars Helen Mirren as the sorceress Prospera, formerly known as Prospero in the original play. The Tempest is a tale of love, betrayal, and magic, set on a mystical island in the middle of nowhere. Mirren's Prospera is a powerful magician who has been exiled to the island after being overthrown by her own brother. She is accompanied by her daughter Miranda, played by Felicity Jones. Prospera has spent the last twelve years on the island honing her magical skills, plotting her revenge and planning an escape. Her opportunity comes when a ship carrying Alonso, the King of Naples, and his entourage crashes on her island during a violent storm.

Prospera decides to use her powers to manipulate events, causing the shipwrecked passengers to be separated and lost on the island. She then seeks out Alonso, played by David Strathairn, and reveals to him that his son Ferdinand, played by Reeve Carney, is still alive and well, causing the King to rejoice. Alonso's advisor, Antonio, played by Chris Cooper, is less thrilled about this news and plots to take over the kingdom by any means necessary.

Meanwhile, Prospera's daughter Miranda falls in love with Ferdinand and they begin to explore the island together. However, the young couple is not alone on the island. Caliban, played by Djimon Hounsou, is a half-human, half-monster who has been enslaved by Prospera. He resents his treatment and plots his revenge against her.

Throughout the film, Taymor uses a variety of stunning and surreal visual effects to bring the magical island to life. The soundtrack, composed by Elliot Goldenthal, is haunting and atmospheric, creating an otherworldly atmosphere that is both enchanting and sinister.

Helen Mirren delivers a standout performance as Prospera, bringing both strength and vulnerability to the character. Felicity Jones also shines as Miranda, infusing the character with a sense of wonder and innocence. Djimon Hounsou is excellent as the tortured Caliban, bringing a depth to the character beyond what is often seen in other adaptations of the play.

This version of The Tempest is a departure from traditional adaptations of the play, featuring a female protagonist and exploring themes of gender and power in new ways. Taymor's direction and the strong performances by the cast make it a visually stunning and emotionally resonant film that is sure to captivate audiences. Ultimately, The Tempest is a haunting and poetic tale of revenge and redemption that is well worth the watch for fans of Shakespeare and newcomers alike.

The Tempest is a 2010 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3 and a MetaScore of 43.

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