Thoughts on Tempest

Sunday, September 12, 2010 8:06 PM By Simon

-Okay, so John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands and Susan Sarandon in an adaption of The Tempest should be good.

-It isn't.

-See, it tries to balance midlife crisis, coming of age, and Shakespearean adaption into an eighties movie, and none of it works.

-Molly Ringwald, in her first movie role, plays Miranda, putting in that signature teen angst. So there's that.

-Raul Julia plays Kalibanos, the benevolent equivalent of Caliban. He dances with some goats, and it's kind of awesome.

-Sarandon plays Aretha, who I guess is supposed to be Ariel, if he were female (which he arguably is, but shut up) and/or shacking up with Prospero.

-Cassavetes is good as Phillip Dimitrius, the mid-life-crisis-suffering architect who might control the weather, but then again, he's good in anything.

-Gena Rowlands always seems to forever exist in a Cassavetes movie, doesn't she? That's how I always see her, anyway. She plays his wife Antonia.

-There's Alonso and the whole entourage, but they show up at the end, with such tiny parts it hardly even matters. Ferdinand, Freddy, gets some face time though, in one of the more amusing scenes with Molly Ringwald.

-Terribly uneven, boring film, but you might stick around for the delightful cast.


SugaryCynic said...

I have to admit, even though it sounds bad, I am going to watch it now based purely on the cast

September 12, 2010 at 10:26 PM