CYMBELINE is a boring mess.
The performances by the great cast of actors is mostly delivered flat
with a disjointed plot which feels like a cliff note’s version of a Shakespeare
play taking elements from better stories in the Shakespeare collection. Michael
Almereyida has created a beautiful
film to look at, but it is such a bore as the actors sleepwalk through their
performances with their vocal delivery. CYMBELINE combines the elements from
better Shakespeare plays like ROMEO AND
JULIET, TITUS, and 12TH NIGHT.
Ed Harris is the title character, a leader of a biker gang while Milla
Jovovich is his new Queen (second marriage) with his daughter Imogen being the
only daughter from his first marriage (for his sons were kidnapped years ago
and the Queen schemes to have one of her
son marry Imogen (who has already secretly married Posthumus. Please skip this
inferior tale of lovers, betrayal,
murder, and secret identities.
Audio commentary with screenwriter/ director
Almereyda, actor Ethan Hawke, and Anthony Holden
BEHIND THE SCENES OF CYMBELINE
Interviews with Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson,
Ed Harris, John
Leguizamo, Anton Yelchin, and Penn Badgley
Theatrical trailer and previews for other LIONSGATE/
Code for streaming and downloading a Digital
copy of the film
FINAL ANALYSIS: Skip this boring mess of a Shakespeare
adaptation of CYMBELINE and go watch a better film with any of these actors (or
a better Shakespeare movie).
This review is ©5-24-2015
David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments
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