The Tempest

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Released 2010

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Director:
Julie Taymor
Released:
2010
Rating:
PG-13
The Tempest (2010) is the Julie Taymor adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, retrofitting the fantastical tale with a female lead, casting Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren in what is usually the male role of Prospero. The storyline follows the newly coined Prospera (Mirren), an exiled magician who uses her powers to call upon a tempest to bring her enemies to the island she's been forced to call home, not knowing that it will bring a suitor to her daughter, Miranda (Felicity Jones). The Miramax/Touchstone release also stars David Strathairn, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, and Ben Wishaw.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Variety Leslie Felperin

    A Tempest so kitschy, yet curiously drab and banal.

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Ms. Taymor's overscaled sense of stage spectacle can be impressive and effective, even moving, but her three-dimensional, high-volume compositions translate awkwardly into the cosm...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    In the face of The Tempest, the stormy tragicomedy of rage, romance and redemption that is among Shakespeare's last and greatest works, Julie Taymor, a filmmaking savant of extraor...

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