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3.0 out of 5 stars What Crap! Lear has never been done real justice, 5 April 2004
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This review is from: King Lear [DVD] (DVD)
when i watched this i was immediately doubtful due to the actors and rightly so. this i worse than the 1985 ITV production- both pagen adaptaions are weak. the lear in this one i review (Brian Blessed) is weak the random hand movements and the weird hair make this great play less believable than it already is. perhaps the best thing about this adaptation is cordelia though not used fully. it has a useful interpretation of the age the characters would be - they are some what younger than most. the worst thing about this would be the storm sceen. it is very fake one can see the false setting in the back, the main speech at the begining of ACT 3 is set in his head, making you wonder whether the storm is in Lears head or not. this films main problem seems to have been budget- perhaps why the Russian version is so much better. one can only hope that one day the national theatre will make a dvd of there 1997 production with ian holmes as lear once on TV but now not avaiable to buy was the best production see for a while. Brian Blessed production of Lear is better than laurence olivias it terms of being able to understand what the characters say but other than that this by far a much worse production if not the worst. i would go as far to say that the american hollywood version of Lear, 100,000 acres, is better.
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2011 16:50:04 BDT
How many laurence olivias does it take to change a light-bulb?

What A Crap rite up!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2011 23:23:26 BDT
Phil says:
Supercilious response to an interesting review. As far as I can remember Shakespeare's spelling itself cannot be described as consistent.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2011 15:08:38 BDT
If Shakespeare himself had written the "interesting" review then you might have a point
but as it was written by an anonymous customer then IMHO failure to observe simple rules
like the use of capital letters and the spelling of well known names, somewhat invalidates the opinions expressed.

We may be able to work out what
"perhaps the best thing about this adaptation is cordelia though not used fully. it has a useful interpretation of the age the characters would be - they are some what younger than most."
actually means but when we have done so, it tells us nothing much and is probably factually incorrect.
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