In her big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare's mystical thriller "The Tempest," Academy Award(R)-nominated Julie Taymor ("Across the Universe," "Frida," "Titus") brings an original dynamic to the story by changing the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera, portrayed by Oscar(R) winner Helen Mirren ("The Queen"). 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 exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
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.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 12.16.2010
The best sequences in "Tempest'' are all quiet, not that there are many of them.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 12.16.2010
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.Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 12.16.2010
These gifted actors sometimes seem to be saying the words as someone with a chain-saw cuts firewood in the next room.Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 12.15.2010