It is estimated that today 400 years before, Shakespeare died. He is one of my favorite playwriter and poets so I decided why not do a list of Shakespeare based things I watched and recommend? Now if you’re into that kind of thing you’ll probably know everything I’m going to mention in this post, maybe you can comment, if you saw, what you thought about it.
- Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Like I said in “5 Movie Locations I Want To Go” Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite Shakespeare play so this movie has a place in my heart and in my opinion was wonderful. It’s directed by Kenneth Branagh who also plays Benedick and who at the moment was married to Emma Thompson (one of my favorite actresses.) This was a plus in the movie for me, their chemistry was great. I gotta say I like Kenneth, even though he cheated on Emma with Helena Bonham Carter (and cheating is something I don’t quite like)
Keanu Reeves is not, per say, my favorite actor and I read a lot of reviews criticizing Ken’s casting choice for this character but I quite like him in this movie as Don John… and yeah alright, he was actually hot here.
Also beware there’s going to be a lot of Much Ado in this post.
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)
Can you believe I didn’t want to watch this movie because of Christian Bale? I don’t even know why because I generally like him. I mean I do think that he always looks like he’s up to no good but… I don’t know… sometimes I just don’t get myself. Well, I’m a big fan of fantasy and growing up I just loved fairies and magic forests and all that sort of things so it’s pretty obvious this was going to be another favorite.
I don’t know about the reviews of this movie because I watched it this year without much background information more than just having read the play but I personally loved it. Okay, it also may be because it was aesthetically nice to watch but Stanley Tucci as Puck? Love it! It also happens that Michelle Pfeiffer is one of my favorite actresses too so there’s that.
I also want to mention that while watching this movie I started re imagining the cast. I mean there’s nothing wrong with it in my opinion but if a new movie was to be made… well I would already have my dream cast for it. (I’ll show you later in another post)
Macbeth was the only play by Shakespeare I didn’t read voluntarily, I would have eventually but not at 16 when my english teacher made us read it. However is another favorite.
First of all, MICHAEL FASSBENDER! I usually tend to love actors who play Marvel characters so I love Fassbender and I think he’s an amazing actor and I was so glad he got to portray Macbeth, I thought he was incredible. Secondly MARION COTILLARD! Another amazing, beautiful and talented actress who I admire a lot, she as lady Macbeth? Oh man, so good! Picture, costumes, cinematography and aesthetics play a huge part in this movie, they were beautiful. If the dialogue was a little clearer I would have absolutely love it. I think that’s the only critic for the movie. Aside from that, I recommend it.
- Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
I was sure I was not going to like this movie even thought it was directed by Joss Whedon… wait, no. That’s exactly why I thought I wouldn’t like it. But I also saw it because well I’m a Marvel and Disney fan and Whedon directed The Avengers and Age of Ultron and wrote (with others) Atlantis: The Lost Empire so I just thought, why not?
It was pretty amazing and the actors are actually good and overall it’s a great movie. Not my favorite but because is Much Ado I’m adding it anyways. Also, I thought Amy Acker did a great job as Beatrice.
Plus black and white makes everything more artsy.
This is probably the adaptation they show in all schools… at least in mine they did which was weird because we didn’t read Romeo and Juliet. However I enjoyed it though I have the feeling I wouldn’t have watched if it wasn’t for my english teacher. I watched it again when I was little more older because I felt I didn’t quite enjoy it the first time in school.
- Nothing Much to Do (Web Series)
Yeah I’m talking about this again. Those who didn’t read my “Literary Web Series (My Favorites)” post, this is my favorite web serie who happens to be inspired in Much Ado About Nothing.
Don’t get into this thinking it will be identical to Shakespeare because it’s a modern adaptation that places all the characters into high school, plus it’s a web serie not a movie. They do follow the plot though and in a very creative way using different YouTube channels. Plus, Jake and Harriet did a great job adapting Benedick and Beatrice to modern days. The other actors were great too.
- Jules and Monty (Web Series)
I thought a lot about adding this to the list because I didn’t finish it. But why not, just so you know it exists plus I didn’t put it in my literal web series post so here it goes.
Probably making Romeo and Juliet about fraternities who are against each other is the most classic way to go if you think of modern era for this play. It wasn’t the best but it’s pretty cute and it discusses a very important issue I’m not going to mention in case you decide to watch it. I would finish it if I didn’t have so many tv shows and books to catch up with.
Don’t hate me but I loved this movie. I know a lot of Shakespeare lovers hated it but I have my reasons.
First, Leo DiCaprio is my favorite actor I never doubt a movie when he’s in it… I know I should, but I can’t, he’s good. Secondly Baz Luhrmann makes aesthetically beautiful movies and I’m all about aesthetics (you can probably notice that for the amount of times I said aesthetic in this post.) These are enough reasons for me to like Romeo + Juliet. I also thought the way DiCaprio and Danes delivered their lines was generally good. Romeo and Juliet might be one of my favorite plays not because of the story itself (I mean yes it’s like the example of love at first sight and inspired a lot of movies and books) but mostly because of the whole analysis someone can make out of it. I like listening to different opinions about the play.
- This fantastic video of Tom Hiddleston reading Shakespeare
I’m going to leave you this amazing video. (Tom is perfect)