The story, if written with more depth, details and passion, maybe worth reading (as in my opinion most books are still better than the movie). Nominated for Outstanding Debut Feature at Cinema Eye Honors, Celebrate The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Streams Online Through December 20th, The Mandalorian Chapter 15 Recap: Those Poor Mudscuffers, The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Mr. The action too slow and not intense! The studio up-vote spam-bot squad is in effect with 10/10 marks for this!!! Ophelia comes of age as lady-in-waiting for Queen Gertrude, and her singular spirit captures Hamlet's affections. Ophelia is the fierce, wily, inconspicuous maiden, able to operate with strange freedom. As lust and betrayal threaten the kingdom, Ophelia finds herself trapped between true love and controlling her own destiny. The story is made more vivid through with settings and costumes that are grand and beautiful but very much in service to the story, sound design that literally echoes the cavernous chill of the castle contrasted with the warmth of the natural world outdoors, and dynamic camera work to underscore the shifting points of view. ... Movie Review – Black Bear (2020) Bond: No Time To Delay (Again!) How arrogant. That's it! We see Hamlet bring in performers to reenact the murder of his father and the production here is a genuine work of art so eye-catching we may lose sight (literally) of its purpose, to catch the reactions of Claudius and Gertrude. Ophelia is now deemed an "enemy" of the Danish court, and therefore must be removed? First loved, then spurned by Hamlet, she goes mad and drowns in the river, though we do not know whether by accident or intention. Movie Review: Ophelia (2016) Aaron Leggo; Movie Reviews; No responses; September 18, 2016 Poo-Review Ratings. Ophelia review – Daisy Ridley stranded in disastrous Hamlet reimagining. Too bad, this could have been something interesting. Dir. The camera watches, and then pans to the right, to reveal the solitary figure of Hamlet, clad in black. It was revolutionary in concept, remixing the themes of power, revenge, and agency in a classic by focusing on minor figures, with themes of powerlessness and stasis. Tweet. Ophelia is a smug 21st century woke person, she sashays around, not like a commoner. Preachy, not empowered. Stay Away Don't Bother Seen Better Not Bad See It. I'm half thinking the makers had some intent to create the most cringeworthy mess possible. While I'd hoped for great things from Ophelia in her Act 4 scene 5, it was an attempt but a let down. How one can be betrayed by someone they do not trust is as puzzling as someone being seduced by one they desire anyway. Ophelia | Movie review. Read full review Ophelia comes to believe God cares for those afflicted with madness, like Hamlet and Therese. I've got nothing against adaptations of Hamlet or films based on them, but this was utter rubbish. When Hamlet returns to find that his father is dead and his uncle has claimed the throne, she becomes a threat, especially when she and Hamlet are aligned. I couldn't bear to see what came next. Ridley brings the same verve and sincerity to Ophelia that she does to Rey in “Star Wars," and Watts shows us Gertrude’s desperation and vanity. Oh, and of course, the not creative & usual plot of romance with deception. Soul! They missed the chance to build a complex character with existential dilemmas, moral doubts, internal conflicts, and frustrations to create a shallow escapism character for frustrated people. The most punk scene of Shakespeare held little weight in the story, and it does Ophelia and Denmark a disservice. Review: ‘Ophelia,’ starring Daisy Ridley, zeroes in on Shakepeare’s fatal femme Daisy Ridley, left, and Naomi Watts in the movie “Ophelia.” (Dusan Martincek / Ifc Films) I thought by the second act that they could up the pace of the film to make it more exciting and also stop the gags. A travesty, but OK if you're looking for "Shakespeare goes 'Twilight'", Aweful, tedious flop. This is obvious pandering to the woke crowd who will be dumb enough to fall for it. How utterly, completely stupid. Kind of like Game of throne without the nudity and the bad language.Part of She is the author of The Movie Mom's Guide to Family Movies and 101 Must-See Movie Moments. It changes the story of the original play, and turns into a Riverdale-like story of idiocy. The novelist Lisa Klein began with the character who might have the least agency in any … She navigates the opulent, gold-trimmed private spaces and the green of the thick forest surrounding the castles - that seem like they've been enhanced to capture the stillness of oil on canvas - with the same ease. Why couldn't it be a genuine dramatic tragedy. First loved, then spurned by Hamlet, she goes mad and drowns in the river, though we do not know whether by accident or intention. There is no love or, no depth, and no sense of era in this film, and the storyline is pictured quite sloppy. Movie Review ‘Ophelia’ looks at ‘Hamlet’ from a very different perspective. Pointless, boring, uninspired, insipid waste of time This action have some blood, slicing and stabbing scene, but quite slow and not intense! A waste of a half decent cast and simply cringeworthy. I love Hamlet but this was awful. I was aching to see more of the characters through their actions and many independent films with a quarter of Ophelia … This gives Ophelia a feeling of hope. Who wrote this, the director of Twilight? | As their secretive love affair takes flight, betrayal strikes the court, threatening to derail their union and devastate the royal family for good. Flip. Movie Review: Ophelia (2018) Joshua Sorensen; Movie Reviews; June 28, 2019 Poo-Review Ratings. Played by “Star Wars” heroine Daisy Ridley, she has courage, intelligence, integrity, and agency. These characters barely understood what was happening around them and were killed off only to prevent them from carrying out orders to kill the title character. Scholars are still arguing about what Shakespeare’s Gertrude knew and how complicit she was in the murder of her husband before she married his brother. It would be easy to be seduced by Ophelia‘s visual beauty alone and call it good, but, for a smashing review, I am seeking something fully fleshed out and ripened. Pin. Something is rotten in medieval-era Denmark, where political intrigue swirls around the imperial court like dark magic. User Ratings Ophelia is a tragic figure in a tragic play. Might have gotten another star, but the distributor, IFC, forces the viewer to watch lengthy previews of their other movies. Have potential but fail to execute! Is the joke on us or on Shakespeare?? Metacritic Reviews. In 1966, Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” presented “Hamlet” from the perspective of two minor characters who die early and offstage. It is also an ability to strategize and undermine that may be more powerful, even, than a witch’s potion. Nell Minow reviews movies and DVDs each week as The Movie Mom online and on radio stations across the US. While I'd hoped for great things from Ophelia in her Act 4 scene 5, it was an attempt but a let down. I'll admit that I saw what amounts to a trailer online of this travesty, but nonetheless, this is a nightmare. For ppl who read Hamlet this movie is a big lie and weak movie. Movie Reviews TV Reviews Roundtables Podcasts 'Ophelia': Film Review | Sundance 2018. The nervous hell of a new job interview is satirized, then sentimentalized, then psychologized in writer/director Anthony Garland’s tonally scattered short Ophelia. The novelist Lisa Klein, and now the screenwriter Semi Chellas and director Claire McCarthy, have taken the … The neo-Shakespeare movie Ophelia is an audacious stunt. IFC Films. Daisy Ridley stars in this bold but ultimately confused melodramatic update of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. There is early in Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet'' a wedding celebration, the Danish court rejoicing at the union of Claudius and Gertrude. Ophelia and Hamlet’s rewritten romance cribs from “Romeo and Juliet.” One of the biggest plot expansions is a secret marriage, which adds context to why the stakes of their affair were so high. Ophelia fell in love with the Queen’s son, Hamlet. Ophelia is the ultimate female take-back-the-narrative movie. When she speaks up fearlessly to Gertrude (Naomi Watts), turning the queen’s “alas” into “a lass,” she is taken on as a lady in waiting, washed, corseted, and taught the rules of courtly behavior. OPHELIA also has a substantial amount of blood and violence that can be disturbing for more sensitive viewers. I’d love to see more classic stories retold from a female perspective like this one, written by women and directed by women. As a young girl Ophelia is first mistaken for a boy because her widowed father Polonius (Dominic Mafham) is not able to give her the care she needs. Hamlet is a non starter, some angry little boy. Barely laughable scene is, Horatio found Ophelia at the lake, he accidentally fell into the lake with another man accompany him! And supporting he is, the famous imprecation “Get thee to a nunnery,” usually presented as contemptuous in the original, here is an effort to keep Ophelia safe from the treachery of the castle, part of a mutually agreed upon plan that owes something to “Romeo and Juliet” as well as its original source. Lose the agenda and the attitude. and the men of course are evil: deny education, don't take care of their wife, kill other men, try to rape and so on. I turned it off right after Claudius freaks out on the players, which is one of my favorite scenes from the play. 0 Shares 0 0 0 0. Ophelia is a tragic figure in a tragic play. She cannot. Another disappointed film! Interesting story showing Ophelia's point of view. Such a shame, because the score and visuals are lovely. This film reimagines William Shakespeare's Hamlet with OPHELIA as the main character. But in this version, adapted by Semi Chellas (“American Woman” and the upcoming reboot of “Charlie’s Angels”) from a novel by Lisa Klein, we hear from Ophelia herself that this time we are going to see her side of the story. This is where the positives end for me. Bowing at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018, Claire McCarthy’s Ophelia is a better film than the long time delay suggests. I'd say: read the book if the story sounds appealing. Stay Away Don't Bother Seen Better Not Bad See It. She is fully alive in every moment and ready to act to protect herself or those she loves. It was not the first remix of a classic but a significant work in conversation with “Hamlet” (and with other works, like “Waiting for Godot”) and was likely in part an inspiration for other attempts to tell established stories from the perspective of minor characters, from “A Chorus Line” to “The Lion King 1 ½” (which is surprisingly good). Another nun tells Ophelia Therese’s blood is a sign that we are forgiven and saved. Characters act like it's happening in 21st century: winking, rolling eyes at each other, etc. She is granted sainthood. Not worthwhile. She talks back, floats around on her own, totally unrealistic. Ruins the authenticity of the period of time its based in. Hamlet frame by Claudius for killing Ophelia's father! 7 Shares. for a scene of violence/bloody images, some sensuality, and thematic elements. Gertrude eventually kill Claudius! An Elizabethan wit could take a word, toss it up into the air and make it do a triple gainer on the way back down. Ophelia is a 2018 British-American romantic drama film directed by Claire McCarthy and written by Semi Chellas about the character of the same name from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.Based on the novel by Lisa Klein, the film follows the story of Hamlet from Ophelia's perspective. Just to please feminists in their fantasies of super-powerful female characters who have a happy ending, who can transgress customs without thinking about the consequences and the historical-social context, because they love fantasizing about reality. one instead of PG 13. I t cannot be stated enough how terrible the wigs are in Ophelia – a feminist take on ‘Hamlet’ in which Shakespeare himself is missing in action. Shakespeare meets teen drama TV might work for Romeo and Juliet -- but not for Hamlet. The descendants of Shakespeare have fallen so far from the tree. This movie has a cursory understanding of the story of Hamlet and replaces it was sexual power fantasy. This is a promising notion. The sets were great, the costumes were great, and the actors were decent. Visually stunning but style over substance. At a young age Ophelia became one of the Queen's Ladies. The most punk scene of Shakespeare held little weight in the story, and it does Ophelia and Denmark a disservice. Ophelia's role as fool in the court is unappreciated or misunderstood. External Reviews FAQ Movie Reviews Ophelia Movie Review: Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts are the real victims in a sumptuous but shallow Hamlet retelling Andrea Thompson July 6, 2019. But the plot...absolute trash. There are parallels, and mirrored dualities throughout, and it is not only Ophelia whose character is made more vivid and complex. Movie Review – Ophelia (2019) July 7, 2019 by admin. The ending is very unsatisfying and slightly insane and goes into Game of throne Barely intense scene is at the ending of the film! Here we see Gertrude as lonely and vain, trying desperately to hold on to her youth, whether through a witch’s potion or the attention of her husband’s brother Claudius (Clive Owen). Rated PG-13 Ophelia's role as fool in the court is unappreciated or misunderstood. Not recommended. Ophelia, 2019. She is embarrassing herself. “I … territory with two bloody murders that should have putted the film into an R rated In Shakespeare’s plays, whether comedies, romances, or tragedies, characters constantly jab at each other verbally, flipping words like tiddlywinks, with multiple layers of meaning. However, Hamlet and Ophelia let their personal feelings govern their behavior, so the movie’s Christian and moral elements are overshadowed by their feelings. And now we have “Ophelia,” the story of the doomed Prince of Denmark, or rather, in this version, it is her story, and it is Hamlet who is the supporting character. It means well in empowering women but provides no insight into the human condition. The story has been very heavily adapted to facilitate the new narrative perspective and as such it loses a great deal of it's potency and nuance - Clive Owen and Tom Felton ("Laertes") are shockingly wooden; as is the normally engagingly absurd partnership of "Rosencrantz" (Noel Czuczor) & Guidenstern (Martin Angerbauer). It descends quickly into a rather melodramatic love story losing much of the tension, emotional power and tragedy leading to a seriously underwhelming conclusion. 1- The actress thinks she can act. This version is told from the perspective of "Ophelia" (Daisy Ridley) following her exploits as she in taken under the wing of "Queen Gertude" (Naomi Watts) and of her ensuing passion for "Hamlet" (George MacKay) who has been usurped for his dead father's throne by his uncle "Claudius" (Clive Owen). You can request a review of a title you can’t find at [email protected]. However, merely rating the film and the acting I would have rated this even lower. “If your heart stopped, you would die,” she correctly observes. I'm an ultra-lefty feminist and even I eyerolled. Claire McCarthy’s Ophelia opens with the titular character telling, via voice-over, that she feels it is time that we hear her narrative told from her perspective. Daisy Ridley and George McKay replay Hamlet as a feminist manifesto for director Claire McCarthy. In this story, neither she nor the Danish prince she loves waste time worrying about whether to be or not to be. Laertes challenge Hamlet with a sword fight! So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for OPHELIA. yes she is somewhat beautiful and there are some nice moments and images. it is boring and part of it is interesting but this is a very forgettable movie and deserved to be a box office failure. Hamlet himself (George McKay) is in this version more direct and assured. Laertes defeat Hamlet, Hamlet wounded and die! But they turned an existential tragedy into a childlike self-insertion film by females without the slightest depth. “Ophelia” is filled with clever wordplay matched by an equally clever perspective flip of one of the central texts of Western literature. Ophelia movie reviews & Metacritic score: Set in the 14th Century but spoken in a contemporary voice, Ophelia is a dynamic re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This film is awful in every way. Hamlet is a classic. In this version, she is not the helpless girl driven to madness and likely suicide by a lover’s rejection. A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia's perspective. This is one of many well-known lines of dialogue that take on new meanings here, as additional characters and scenes blend in so believably we can imagine them going on in rooms adjacent to the action we all remember. Amid it all, the queen’s brightest lady-in-waiting, Ophelia, finds herself drawn to Hamlet, the charismatic and elusive crown prince. Ophelia is an amazing movie that puts a positive feminist spin on a very familiar story. | Just as that play catches the conscience of the king, the richness of Shakespeare’s original provides the basis for a vividly imagined adjunct that provides additional insight into the classic and to our own ability to use art to illuminate the modern world. At the end, Ophelia fake her dead by drinking the poison! | A movie review by James Berardinelli The marketing for Ophelia needs only one sentence to describe the film’s mission statement: “A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia's perspective.” Never mind all the fake early ten-star reviews here--if you can't tell they're fake from the writing, click on the person's handle and you'll see that inevitably they have never posted about another movie before. She was already an interesting character, there was no need to take creative liberties. Claire McCarthy. This film start with a girl "Ophelia" floating on a lake, and flashback of she and her brother "Laertes" raise by a queen "Gertrude" scene! Ophelia’s wholly invented dialogue, on the other hand, sounds very much like it came out of a young-adult novel. Apparently Ophelia's uterus is more important than truth to these storytellers. “You stop my heart,” Hamlet tells Ophelia during their first courtship scene. As in Shakespeare’s plays, wit here is more than jokes; it is a sign of an independence of thinking, a willingness to speak truth, even to power, even at great risk. Backstory and side stories sometimes clever, usually tedious. Her family needs to level with her and stop enabling her. In the play, Hamlet’s mother Gertrude describes Ophelia’s death as though she saw it herself, the girl “incapable of her own distress,” singing in the water “Till that her garments, heavy with their drink/Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay/To muddy death.” The image of the doomed girl was popular with the pre-Raphaelite, most notably the painting by John Millais, showing her lovely but bedraggled in the water. all the "10 star" reviews are by single use accounts created just to rate (shill) this film, Power fantasy replacing understanding of the human condition. 'Ophelia': Sundance Review. By Anthony Kaufman 2018-01-23T15:09:00+00:00. The costume design, sets and visuals in this film are stunning. It didn't need this type of girl power remake. Ophelia did not need to be a "she's not like other girls" kind of character. With Daisy Ridley, Mia Quiney, Calum O'Rourke, Nathaniel Parker. Claudius is even more duplicitous. Directed by Claire McCarthy. Share 7. | Movie Review – Ophelia (2019) November 22, 2019 by Robert Kojder. The language in Ophelia is largely elegant and eloquent, but without trying to … Awards As turnout, this film is about Hamlet want to revenge and take back his throne from his uncle "Claudius", because he murder Hamlet's father! There's really nothing more to be said about it. Entire film wasting too much time on the boring conversation! 18 November 2019. Now I have to start by saying that this is not a good film, but - it does try to introduce Shakespeare to a new audience who would not have seen, nor would sit through, Olivier, Branagh or McKellan in full tilt with the skull of poor old "Yorick", and for that goal alone, it ought to be given a chance. Mechtide arrive with a bunch of her army to kill Claudius! Ophelia (Daisy Ridley) is a girl of common birth whose intelligence and moxie charms Denmark's Queen Gertrude (Naomi Watts).As the queen's favored lady-in-waiting, Ophelia keeps the secrets that are held within the walls of Elsinore Castle -- including her own forbidden relationship with Prince Hamlet … Reddit. Lots of not realistic, new, dirt free, unwrinkled costume changes for the cast as the main highlight. It always creates a little shock in the movies when the foreground is unexpectedly occupied. But she never loses her independent spirit, which makes her a favorite of the queen – at first. Andrew Murray. She plan to elope with Hamlet after resurrect by the witch "Mechtild"! Daisy has only 2 speeds: "deeply concerned with important matters" and "surprised", can't act anything else. At the very end, Ophelia playing with her daughter! Watts also plays another character, whose story intersects and echoes her own. 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