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CYMBELINE

Blu-ray Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 98 minutes, audio commentary, featurette, interviews, theatrical trailer, previews, digital copy

VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Lionsgate/ Grindstone/ Benaroya Pictures/ Keep Your Head

RELEASE DATE: 5-19-2015

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.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentary with screenwriter/ director Michael 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/ Grindstone releases

 

Code for streaming and downloading a Digital HD Ultraviolet 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 to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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