Tempest review

A modern take on a Shakespeare classic

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Drawing on the same Shakespeare source as Danny Boyle’s Olympics bash, the latest film from the Way Of The Morris team documents an Oval House staging of The Tempest , teasing out parallels between the play and ideas of Britishness in the context of the 2011 riots.

The fit works: Shakespeare’s parable of power and prejudice speaks to the young London cast, while the drama project they’re engaged in suggests brighter options than those indicated by right-wing tabloids.

Choppy cuts muddy the narrative, but the faith in grassroots art’s motivational value resonates clearly.

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Kevin Harley is a freelance journalist with bylines at Total Film, Radio Times, The List, and others, specializing in film and music coverage. He can most commonly be found writing movie reviews and previews at GamesRadar+.