Drama Film Synopsis Othello is a courageous general in the Venetian army, renowned for his many military victories against Venice's enemies. But not everyone approves of his success. A dark-skinned Moroccan, he is suspected of using witchcraft to compel the fair Desdemona to marry him.
Kenneth Branagh's vile Iago is a special joy in the great tragedy. Without Shakespeare's sacred, inviolable text, we can enjoy these movies without comparisons to the originals.
Oliver Parker's film of "Othello," however, has been marketed as if it were not Shakespeare's. The film's trailers contain no references to Shakespeare, telling us only that "Othello" is the "story of a hero driven into jealous rage with tragic consequences. The film contains a love scene between a young black man with a muscular body Laurence Fishburne and a young white woman who is all soft, inviting curves and a face like a pre-Raphaelite Madonna Irene Jacob.
Only when the credits roll -- and pretty far down, at that -- is there a parenthetical reference in small letters"Adapted from the play: The Tragedy of Othello by William Shakespeare.
Someone new to "Othello" may not have a clue for several minutes about what is happening. And while most of the words are Shakespeare's, Mr. Parker, whose screenplay this is, has rearranged the poet's lines freely and taken a machete to his iambic rhythms.
But for better or for worse and it's mostly the former Mr. Parker's "Othello" is basically Shakespeare's. All the familiar characters are here: Othello, the heroic but naive outsider; Desdemona, his beautiful and almost angelically pure bride; and the villainous Iago, who -- chiefly for his own amusement, it seems -- weaves from their goodness the web that ensnares and destroys them.
The painful epiphanies of the play are those of the movie: It is Iago, in a dazzling performance by Kenneth Branagh perhaps the best since Frank Finlay's in Olivier's "Othello"that is the film's particular joy. Branagh's Iago, speaking to the audience through the intimate relationship he enjoys with the camera, takes a pleasure and pride in his work that implicates us in his treachery.
He is a master comedian, and the gales of laughter that greeted some of his machinations at a preview showing testified to the skill with which Branagh brings to life the greatest of the jesters in the Shakespearean pack.
It's scarcely a disgrace, therefore, that Fishburne's Moor does not measure up against Branagh's "demi-devil.
But his inexperience with Shakespeare's language sometimes betrays him: He sounds stilted where Branagh sounds natural; his too matter-of-fact repetition in "But yet the pity of it, Iago! O Iago, the pity of it, Iago!
Jacob is a wonderful Desdemona, affecting in her hurt confusion at the transformation in her husband and using her Swiss-French accent to make the character all the more touchingly vulnerable.
And Parker keeps the film moving along -- if at a sometimes spasmodic pace -- and he displays a sensitive feel for the splendors of Venice, which is where the play begins and where much of the film was shot.Othello Movie Review / Elsewhere, Fishburne makes a competent, brooding Moor (he certainly looks scary enough to be Othello), and Jacob a likeable Desdemona.
It's adequate enough, but given the emotional content of the material you can't help thinking it should be more than that. Shakespeare Othello () - DVD Review marks what would have been William Shakespeare's th birthday. In celebration of this (and being something of a Shakespeare nut) Ben intends to spend the year taking in as many Shakespeare films as he can - from old favourites to new interpretations and everything in between.
Othello is a film based on William Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name.
It was directed by Oliver Parker and stars Laurence Fishburne as Othello, . Othello is a Moor who has become one of Venice's most celebrated generals. He woos and weds the beautiful Desdemona against her father's wishes. However, Othello does not realise that in choosing the well-bred and charming Cassio as his right-hand man, rather than lago who has.
Reichert's Showhouse, Othello movie times and showtimes. Movie theater information and online movie tickets. In this barracks setting, Shakespeare’s great military hero, Othello (Oyelowo), is unmanned and undone by the treacherous Iago (Craig) in full view of beefed-up soldiers wearing army-issue camo.