6 October 2018 | Alexander_Blanchett
Greatly cast adaptation of one of William Shakespeare's greatest works.
As most modern Shakespeare adaptation also this one takes place during contemporary days with the original language (or most of it). You can either love it or hate it.
The cast is tremendous. The ensemble is lead by Anthony Hopkins who is of course born to play that role and it feels like he waited his whole career to take advantage of that role. A great performance by a wonderful character actor. Emma Thompson was fine, but she can do better. She was often on the edge of overacting. Still a nice coup to have her playing one of Lear's daughters. Emily Watson was good, also on the edge of overacting but it suited her role much better. I really liked Florence Pugh who was perfectly cast in the role of Cordellia. And another fantastic and memorable turn by Jim Broadbent. The look was great. A very good cinematography and moving score added to the experience. It did have some lengths but overall it was a good adaptation mostly thanks to Sir Hopkins and a solid direction by Richard Eyre.