At A-Level I studied The Tempest and Othello as our Shakespeare works. I found Othello dark and bewitching, and probably as a teenager, more exciting with its ideas of deception, torment and revenge. How emo. On the otherhand The Tempest felt wet and dull. In fact so much so that I barely remember anything about it. The trailer then, for the new film interpretation out in December is something of a revelation as it looks completely extreme and mental. I never thought I’d be excited by The Tempest, but this adaption (starring Helen Mirren as Sir Ian McKellen and Russell Brand as Russell Brand) looks wild and feels very Baz Luhrmann does Romeo and Juliet. Bring it.



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