- Director: Phyllida Lloyd
- Writer: William Shakespeare
- Producer: Donmar Warehouse
Not to be rude...but, it's like watching an am-dram stage production of Orange is the New Black with Pussy Riot supplying the head-bashing music!
Yes...it's set in a prison...how tiresome!
After Maxine Peake's screaming Hamlet, Julius Caesar gets the subtext-laden, all-female treatment...and the only question that pops immediately to mind is...why?
It simply doesn't work...the gimmicks and the noise can't mask the pitchiness of the delivery...the musicality of Shakespeare's words are lost...due to voices sounding too similar...obviously, Ms Lloyd realised this slight problem and introduced a multitude of accents...that didn't work either!
As for the acting...there are those that can and there are those that should - in future - go nowhere near Shakespeare...nor the stage for that matter...Ms Dunbar and her supporting cronies!
Yes...it has received acclaim...but that [mixed] acclaim is credited to the actual theatre production...watching this as a film, with no technical prowess, is an uphill, ear-shattering struggle.
Old Willy Shakespeare must be shuddering in his grave!
Julius Caesar depicts the catastrophic consequences of a political leader's extension of his powers beyond the remit of the constitution. As Brutus (Harriet Walter) wrestles with his moral conscience over the assassination of Julius Caesar (Jackie Clune), Mark Antony (Jade Anouka) manipulates the crowd through his subtle and incendiary rhetoric to frenzied mob violence.