The Tempest (2010)

The Tempest
Director: Julie Taymor
Writer: Julie Taymor
Based on: William Shakespeare‘s play
Cast: Helen MirrenFelicity JonesDavid StrathairnAlan CummingChris CooperBen WhishawDjimon HounsouRussell BrandAlfred MolinaReeve CarneyTom Conti
Seen on: 16.3.2016

Many years ago Prospera (Helen Mirren) was betrayed by her brother Antonio (Chris Cooper). He sent her and her daughter Miranda (Felicity Jones) off on a ship so that they may die, but they managed to survive and have been stranded on an island ever since. They are almost the only inhabitants of the island, apart from Caliban (Djimon Hounsou), the spiteful son of the former island ruler, and the sprite Ariel (Ben Whishaw) who both have been enslaved by Prospera’s magic. Their existence is severely disrupted though when a ship sinks just off the island – a ship carrying not only Alonso the King of Naples (David Strathairn), his brother Sebastian (Alan Cumming) and his son Ferdinand (Reeve Carney), but also Antonio. Prospera knows that her time has come at last.

The Tempest is a visually impressive film with a great cast, but it never quite takes off – there are simply too many things that don’t work.

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StreetDance 2 (2012)

StreetDance 2
Director: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
Writer: Jane English
Sequel to: StreetDance 3D
Cast: Falk Hentschel, George Sampson, Sofia Boutella, Anwar Burton, Tom Conti

Ash (Falk Hentschel) dreams of becoming a famous street dancer. But instead he is humiliated by Vince (Anwar Burton) and his unbeaten crew. But a huge Europe-wide dance battle is coming up in Paris and Eddie (George Sampson) who saw Ash’s failure is convinced that they can win it. So Eddie declares himself Ash’s manager and together they drive around Europe collecting talented dancers. When they reach Paris, it’s salsa-dancer Eva (Sofie Boutella) who completes their crew and adds novelty to their routines.

Most dance movies are not particularly good. But even for a dance movie, StreetDance 2 is not great. It’s not as abysmal as Honey 2, but it really ain’t much good, either. So, I apologize because, if there is a StreetDance 3 (3D or not), I’m partly to blame: I saw this film twice. Or actually, I paid for it twice. Heed my warning: playing a dance movie cliché drinking game with this film is only for the very advanced.

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