Also, Shakespeare

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 1:54 PM By Simon

Quick thoughts:

--Who has actually read Romeo & Juliet and thought, "Wow, this is so romantic!" rather than "Damn, this is some depressing shit." Seriously, they're kids who've known each other four days, caught up in the middle of a maybe-centuries long conflict, their best friends/cousins are dropping all around them, and it ends with them both going mildly insane and killing themselves, Romeo never knowing that Juliet was actually alive, Juliet not knowing what was going on at all, and an open ending where, presumabely, someone's getting the shit for what went down.

--On that note, Mercutio rocks.

--Is it 'Othello' or 'Otello'?

--Detouring into awesome fan fiction territory, in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, has anyone else noticed how, aside from the actual excerts of Hamlet, there is no real Shakespeare language. In fact, I didn't need footnotes at all.

--Is it so morally and intellectually wrong that I first heard of A Midsummer's Night's Dream from an episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody?

--And of Macbeth from Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius?


--Shakespeare invented the word 'eyeball'. Say thank you, Eli Roth.

--My Film & Video teacher looks just like Shakespeare. No fucking joke.


Alex said...

Romeo and Juliet is pretty dumb overall. I never thought it was romantic, but also never thought it was sad since these characters are just SO STUPID and misguided that I couldn't feel sorry for them. Mercutio is indeed badass though.

I think Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is probably the best thing to come out of Shakespeare. Or at least, my favorite. Then again, I'm no expert.

May 12, 2010 at 6:29 PM
Robert said...

I so agree about Romeo and Juliet...ugh! haha

May 12, 2010 at 7:36 PM
M. Carter @ the Movies said...

My first thought when I read it: "Damn, these kids have too much free time on their hands."

My second thought: "Damn, somebody needs to teach these kids that masturbation works in a pinch. And you don't have to kill yourself afterwards.

May 13, 2010 at 10:29 AM
Wild Celtic said...

"--Is it so morally and intellectually wrong that I first heard of A Midsummer's Night's Dream from an episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody?"

I hang my head and small tears form in the corners of my eyes...

Watch it, read it, breathe it, love it. I adore Midsummer Night's Dream!

May 13, 2010 at 1:32 PM
"Yojimbo_5" said...

Mercutio does indeed rock. "'Twis not so deep as a well or wide as a church-door, but 'twill do" is my favorite variation of "Ow!" Always wanted to see a playing of this where Merc' snaps his fingers a lot.

May 14, 2010 at 8:44 AM
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