Favorite Screen Adaptations of Shakespeare
- •Romeo and Juliet - 1968Zefirelli's is my pick for this one. It's timeless and I love the performances. (Although Baz Luhrmann's is fun too.)
- •Much Ado About Nothing - 1993I have two picks for this one! My first is Kenneth Branagh's, because Emma Thompson is kween & Michael Keaton is hilarious as Dogberry, the incompetent chief of police.
- •& 2012Second is Joss Whedon's. I just really love this movie in general. Black and white, modern setting, same witty dialogue.
- •Macbeth - 1979I still think this play hasn't been done to justice, but I do like the feel and style of this one by the Shakespeare Production Company, especially this intro: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DFK-SuLeHpk. Also Judi Dench is my favorite Lady Macbeth.
- •A Midsummer Night's Dream - 1999Michelle Pfeiffer! Rupert Everett! Kevin Kline! Christian Bale! I think this is one of those movies that you can love without having any previous knowledge of the play.
- •The Taming of The Shrew - 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)While this isn't an exact, word-for-word adaptation like the others, it is a wonderfully modern interpretation AND an amazing movie.
- •Richard III - Looking for Richard (1996)I admit that I don't know a lot about this play or its screen adaptations, but Al Pacino and his fellow actors and Shakespeare enthusiasts do a good job of dissecting it in this documentary. (Plus Winona Ryder is in there, so).