After it’s debut this week, audiences and critics have showered Disney’s newest stage production, “Shakespeare in Love,” with high praise. The play is an adaption of the 1998 movie of the same name and has just opened in London’s West End theater district. Here’s the… Read More »Disney Theatrical Debuts “Shakespeare in Love” in London
“Much Ado About Nothing”, directed, adapted and produced by Joss Whedon (director of “The Avengers” and now the unofficial Marvel God) was released last week (in a limited release and will be gaining theaters as its run progresses) to the tune of an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is a re-imagining of the classic Shakespeare romantic comedy set in modern times, though utilizing the same exact script, and was filmed in black and white, in Whedon’s home within a 12 day shooting period.
I had the opportunity to catch a screening of the film last night and I enjoyed it immensely. I am not a huge fan of Shakespeare, but I have always enjoyed Much Ado, though the last time I viewed the play was 4 years ago. The first scene of the film appeared and I was incredibly confused. To jump right into Shakespearean speak is always a daunting task, but by the 3rd scene, I was enthralled. The film had multiple laugh out loud moments and an incredible score that needs an Oscar nomination. It is a must-see film in my book.
This was a passion project of Whedon’s, a nice palate cleanser between huge superhero films. While watching, I couldn’t help but think, why can’t Disney do this anymore? Last year they released “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”, which was JUST what I wanted. Was the summer release date a good choice for a movie of that nature? Heck no, but it was a refreshing change of pace for Disney and I loved it.Read More »Joss Whedon takes a break from Big Budget…why can’t Disney do the same?
While Disney Theatrical got its start in Stage Musicals, they will be breaking the mold with their next production. Disney will bring the Oscar winning 1998 film Shakespeare in Love to the West End of London, known for theater and dining, with the help of… Read More »Disney to bring Shakespeare in Love to London Stage
As someone who has never had the opportunity to read Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, “The Tempest“, I jumped at the chance to watch and review the modern retelling of it on Blu-Ray. Released this September by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, the film features many big… Read More »DVD Review: The Tempest
Academy Award winning film The Tempest is coming out on Blu-Ray DVD today. Experience The Tempest like never before through the art and costume design from the film. Nominated for an Academy Award in Costume Design, designer Sandy Powell created masterpieces worn by Helen Mirren,… Read More »The Tempest – When Costume Art meets Magic, Oscar is the Result