Review by Amber
I’m going to connect Macbeth to the story of Christmas.
Yes, you read that right. There is a connection to the events in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the events leading up to and surrounding the birth of Jesus. How does this deeply psychological tragedy of ferocious ambition and civil war relate to the Christmas story? We’ll take a look at the riveting film adaptation, expertly directed by Justin Kurzel, and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard; and then we will examine how it ties in to Jesus’ story. Continue Reading
Rant by Amber
No matter how many times the plays of William Shakespeare are performed—whether on stage or on screen—we never tire of them. The plays endure thanks to the universalism of Shakespeare’s themes and the humanity of the characters he created. By examining the dramatic differences in two film adaptations of Much Ado About Nothing—namely, Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 film and Joss Whedon’s 2012 film—we see that there seem to be as many ways of adapting Shakespeare’s works as there are creative minds to adapt them. The differences in these two adaptations arise from the directors’ fundamentally contrasting approaches: Branagh’s is decidedly theatrical, while Whedon’s is truly cinematic. Continue Reading
Review by Amber
Director/writer/producer Joss Whedon has become known and beloved through a number of action-packed movies and television series, including the Avengers movies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. But in his 2012 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon applies his unique vision and a more subtle approach to one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies (sans superheroes and vampires).