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About the Movie
This modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical and magical fantasy with Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren (Best Actress, The Queen, 2006) leading a star-studded cast including Russell Brand (Get Him To The Greek) and Alfred Molina (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera (Mirren) conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge. Directed by the visionary Julie Taymor — and complete with exclusive bonus features and an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell, 2010) — The Tempest, with its innovative twist, is a supernatural film filled with Shakespearean villains, lovers and fools that will leave you spellbound.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 87
- Fresh: 26
- Rotten: 61
- Average Rating: 4.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A pretty frustrating adaptation of Shakespeare's play, one that dog-paddles around in ever-more-frenetic circles, searching for a way inside the material.
Rotten: Most plays-turned-movies try to open things up. Taymor still thinks like a theater director, ending up with a "Tempest" that takes place in a teapot.
Rotten: Primarily an exercise in eccentric (and, I would argue, empty) spectacle.
Rotten: The costumes designed by Sandy Powell - leather gowns and military uniforms, Renaissance in silhouette and detailed with zippers - are the film's most arresting element.
The Tempest on a CGI Stage
An excellent production of The Tempest. The language remains dominant and carries the production only when Ariel and Prospera are centre stage.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2011
- © Touchstone Pictures. All Rights Reserved. Distributed exclusively in Canada by Alliance Films. All Rights Reserved.