Cast: Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Felicity Jones
Director: Julie Taymor
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Running Time: 110 minutes
Synopsis: Sorcery, Passion, Stupidity, Treachery, Revenge.
Shakespeare's final masterpiece.
In Taymor's The Tempest, the director brings an original dynamic to the Bard's 400 year old story by changing the gender of the traditionally male sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress - Prospera - portrayed by Helen Mirren. The spectacular fantasy comes to life as Prospera's journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural.
After a harrowing shipwreck, the members of a royal court are washed ashore on various parts of a mysterious island. Their fateful arrival on this particular island is no coincidence. The exiled Prospera (Mirren) has used her magical powers to guide the ship here to settle a score with the very men who banished her from her homeland. Abetted by her sometimes unwilling aides, Ariel (Whishaw) and Caliban (Hounsou), Prospera puts her former tormentors through some dangerous and often hilarious adventures. However, when the king's son, Ferdinand (Carney), meets her daughter, Miranda (Jones), it is love at first sight-a kind of magic that even Prospera is powerless to control.
Shakespeare fans, theatre enthusiasts and literary buffs alike won't want to miss the chance to own The Tempest on Disney DVD, exclusively packaged with bonus features including commentary by Julie Taymor, a Russell Brand rehearsal riff, a Mistress Mine music video as well as annotated Shakespeare experts commentary.
The Tempest documentary
Commentary by director Julie Taymor
Russell Brand rehearsal riff
Mistress Mine music video
Annotated Shakespeare experts commentary