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Julie Taymor


Anthony Hopkins
Jessica Lange
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Angus Macfadyen
Alan Cumming
Harry J. Lennix





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Allison 09/18/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Unfortunately, I don't appreciate Julie Taymor's sense of style. I feel that she ruined this Shakespeare masterpiece.

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11/15/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Revenge Served Anthony Hopkin's Way

Director Julie Taymor brings her stage production of Titus -- one of Shakespeare's bloodiest plays -- to the screen. Like Shakespeare, Taymor's vision is ahistorical: although the fictional tragedy nominally takes place in ancient Rome, Taymor's Rome seems to be near-future and neo-fascist, with fetishes for outmoded technology. The No-Time effect this creates is as unsettling as the imagery.

However, at times the film suffers from feeling a bit too much like a broadway production -- a little over-the-top, a little corny. Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange deliver strong performances, but not their best. Finally, Titus was one of Shakespeare's earliest plays: although it is probably his most savage work, it is also frequently clumsy.

Overall -- for Shakespearian film -- this i...

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