I know we have several Julie Taymor fans out in the audience today, and I’m not going to dis on you. Frida was great, though I thought Across the Universe was an inspired and ambitious mess of a movie. She has a knack for visuals, even if those visuals aren’t entirely apt for the particular movie she’s directing.
The next one she’s directing is Tempest, based on the Shakespeare play. She’s faithful to the Shakespearean language, too, which I’m sure pleases as many of you as it completely turns some of you off from the film. And when you see the cast list, you’ll no doubt feel some tinglies in your funny regions: Helen Mirren, Chris Cooper, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, David Staithern, and relative newcomer, Felicity Jones, who I’ve only seen a couple of times (a “Doctor Who” episode and Cemetery Junction), but it was enough to make me want to revise my hottest redheads list.
And you think: This cast, Shakespeare, and Julie Taymor, how can you go wrong?
The trailer pretty much says it all.