Friday, August 13, 2010

Title:  The Taming of the Shrew: Shakespeare Retold
Format:  Netflix
Category:  Shakespeare adaptation
Rating:  A-

Description (from wikipedia):  Katherine Minola is a career politician, who is told her abrasive personality is bad PR and that it might be good for her image to get married. When penniless nobleman Petruchio shows up, interested at first in Katherine's money, sparks fly in more senses than one. The relationship and battle of wills brings surprises for both parties.

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I think this installment of the Shakespeare Retold series is my favorite.  It feels the most believable of the adaptations, and the modern elements and unexpected twists add even more excitement to an already amusing story.  The actors and dialogue were amazing.  Rufus Sewell and Shirley Henderson are the perfect choices for Petruchio and Katherine.  Both of them are incredibly talented, and they brought so much to their characters.

My only complaints are about the final scene and the Bianca storyline.  The final scene, where Katherine makes her statements about the role of women, was so forced.  Yes, she had made an amazing transformation in some ways, but she hadn't changed enough to make her "Women should be subservient to men" speech seem believable in any way.  And her sister Bianca's storyline was just annoying and unnecessary.  I've always felt that way about every adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew that I've seen.  If they just cut Bianca out after the beginning scenes, the story would be perfect.  A-

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