Prospera (Helen Mirren), an exiled sorceress, brings her powers to bear against enemies who have become shipwrecked on her magical island.
" Primarily an exercise in eccentric (and, I would argue, empty) spectacle. "
" A surprisingly unengaging and charmless fantasy from a director whose previous films ("Across the Universe," "Titus," "Frida") were, despite their other issues, never boring. "
" The effects are dazzling, the cast is stellar, the play is timeless, the movie is wretched. "
" I found myself wishing that Taymor would turn off the sound and fury and let The Tempest speak for itself. My wish wasn't granted. "
" You expect Nicolas Cage to pop up from behind a sand dune on a Harley brandishing a rocket launcher. "
" These gifted actors sometimes seem to be saying the words as someone with a chain-saw cuts firewood in the next room. "
" 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. "
" 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 best sequences in "Tempest'' are all quiet, not that there are many of them. "
" With so much going for it, why does The Tempest become a mere storm in a teacup? The reasons are many. "
" A movie that veers from ethereal beauty (its closing credit sequence, as a book of magic softly drowns in a dark sea, is a stunner) to mystifying cheesiness. "
" Normally I'd watch Helen Mirren in anything, even if she was just putting out the laundry or reading the phone book. But, given the roteness of her line readings here, it might have been better if the phone book rather than Shakespeare was her text. "
" Taymor, by turning Prospero into a woman while retaining an "imperialist" view of Caliban, will no doubt simultaneously please and enrage left-wing critics. The rest of us can enjoy the movie's strengths... "
" 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. "
" Taymor's visual pyrotechnics (used better in her 1999 Shakespeare adaptation "Titus") come across as forced, dampening any warmth in Shakespeare's final play. "
" Although it falls off precipitously, it's better to have Julie Taymor's The Tempest than not: The first half-hour is nearly as unfettered as Shakespeare's language. "
" Julie Taymor's The Tempest adapts Shakespeare to the screen with boldness and imagination. Bard buffs are likely to love it, despite the liberties it takes. "
" It's unimaginatively staged and poorly acted by everyone involved, especially Russell Brand, who has never seemed so lost. "
" Mirren, of course, is wonderful - in those few scenes when the CGI stops. But those rare moments are separated by tedious songs and far too many close-ups of Ariel laughing, laughing, laughing. "
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