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November 11, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

The Tempest

Michael the Moviegoer – @@

Now I’ve seen everything! Shakespeare adapted into a CGI sword-&-sandals epic starring Russell Brand. Taymor’s visual style is impressive, but this seems to lack the commercial flair that Baz Luhrmann gave to “Romeo + Juliet.” I do love how the trailer has carefully chosen only those lines of dialogue that wouldn’t seem out of place in a “Lord Of The Rings” film in hopes of attracting a younger audience who is not familiar with the author. It’ll be interesting to see at what point during the film the teens will run for the exits and ask for refunds.

Terrance the Trailer Trasher – @@

Russell Brand doesn’t fit, but Taymor’s unique style is an interesting way to enhance the overrated Bard. Just bringing a new look to an ancient text (as she did before with “Titus”) makes it the same idea as what Luhrmann did to R&J, but this is Taymor’s vision, not Luhrmann’s, and it’s of a whole different play so it wouldn’t make sense to copy his exact same style. Ironically, by pointing out its Tolkienesque qualities, you’ve rebutted your own argument — that is what gives this film a commercial flair. That said, while I do think a lot of this looks cool and “The Tempest” is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, I’m far more likely than a teenager to run for the exits of a four hundred year old play. But I’ll make you a deal, Michael. I’ll sit through this or any other movie of your choice, even a Julia Roberts movie, if you can find one teenager who has never heard of Shakespeare.

Michael’s Rebuttal:

There you go again, Terry, twisting my words. To be or not to be an idiot is a question you should ask yourself every morning when you wake up. Not to be familiar with an author’s work does not automatically mean that you’ve never heard of the author. I stand by my theory that a majority of teenagers who know who Shakespeare was, may not have ever read or seen any of his plays.

[Webmaster’s note: We apologize to our teenage readers. Michael doesn’t mean to offend you by suggesting you are as stupid as he is. The truth is, he is actually retarded.]

“The Tempest” storms into theatres December 10, 2010.

We’ll be back next week with more new trailer reviews featuring Jack Black, Javier Bardem, Jim Sturgess and a scary Santa Claus!

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