I was going to complain about this week's topic for Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves, but a little voice in the back of my head told me "Thou doth protest too much." Okay, I really wasn't going to protest. I just wanted to use that quote. Why would I have anything bad to say? I'm a Shakespeare fan. I mean a fan of his actual work. In college I took a Shakespeare course, by choice. We covered all the tragedies, some of the comedies, and I had a great time. I need to reread most of them since it's been years since my last perusal.
I'm rambling, so lets's get to the point. This week's topic is Shakespeare Adaptations. Instead of just going with direct adaptations, I'm using those that try to hide what they are with different titles, settings, character names, etc. So yeah, these might be a bit on the loose side, but they're adaptations, nonetheless.
The Lion King
Or, as The Bard Called it, HamletSimba (Matthew Broderick) stands in for Hamlet, a young prince dealing with the death of his father. Like Hamlet, Simba is quite unsure of himself, has talks with his dad's ghost, learns valuable lessons from his two friends, and soon comes to the realization that his uncle killed his father. Sure, the ending where Hamlet and his whole family wind up dead has been softened considerably, but hey, this is Disney.
Deliver Us From Eva
Or, as The Bard Called it, The Taming of the ShrewThe shrew, in this case, is Eva (Gabrielle Union), the domineering big sister to Kareenah (Essence Atkins), Bethany (Robinne Lee), and Jacqui (Meagan Good). She's so involved with their lives it's a big problem with the men her sisters are involved with. Those guys get together to hire Ray (LL Cool J), their own "Master Player," to "tame" Eva. In other words, they hope she'll fall for Ray and forget to mettle in their affairs.
Or, as The Bard Called it, Romeo and JulietAs if there were any doubt what play the film was based on, our star-crossed lovers are named R (Nicholas Hoult) and Julie (Teresa Palmer). Rather than being Capulets and Montagues, this is a romance between a zombie, R, and a human. If you haven't seen it, it's kinda hard to explain. Just know that it's so much better than it sounds. Click here for my full review.