‘The Tempest’ trailer

Posted by · 11:01 am · October 5th, 2010

Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest” has been getting knocked around ever since it hit the festival circuit last month. You’ll recall Guy was no fan at Venice (to put it lightly). But now a trailer for the film has hit, and indeed, while it looks like a crafts showcase, it has more than its share of red flags. Check it out for yourself via Apple by clicking the image below or watch the embed after the jump.

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  • 1 10-05-2010 at 11:10 am

    Kevin K. said...

    Looks like a total mess. Yikes.

  • 2 10-05-2010 at 11:11 am

    JJ1 said...

    It looks like a potential disaster. Beautiful, but too-strange? And yet, I may come away liking it in spite of itself. Amazing cast; though, that did nothing for Nine. The techs look good. I just don’t see a big audience for this.

  • 3 10-05-2010 at 11:17 am

    Rob said...

    The trailer basically shows/spoils every interesting visual flourish the film has to offer — I was really hoping they wouldn’t show my favorite, Whishaw as the harpie — while at the same time making it seem like most of the movie is like that (when in fact, I thought there weren’t nearly enough batshit/silly Taymor flourishes).

  • 4 10-05-2010 at 11:19 am

    Hunter Tremayne said...

    Well, if the people who went into The American expecting a thriller felt hoodwinked, after taking a trip to see Gandalfina and the Fire Dogs of Hell they might quit moviegoing altogether.

  • 5 10-05-2010 at 11:20 am

    Jim T said...

    Looks like Shakespeare going camping

    It might become a cult film or something.

    …Or nothing.

  • 6 10-05-2010 at 11:28 am

    Graysmith said...

    Definitely looks all over the place, and the trailer seems to try and sell it like it’s some action movie or something. I can’t imagine that many being enticed by this, even with names like Shakespeare, Taymor, Mirren, etc. attached to it.

  • 7 10-05-2010 at 11:29 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    Cutting a trailer is really an art. No coincidence that trailers for David Fincher and Coen Brothers movies are always so good.

    This one is just awkward, especially when that Sigur Ros track starts playing. Stop misusing good music.

  • 8 10-05-2010 at 11:50 am

    JFK said...

    Such a bad movie and Djimon Hounsou’s part is the worst part of it.

  • 9 10-05-2010 at 12:28 pm

    Drew said...

    The Dune of Shakespeare adaptations.

  • 10 10-05-2010 at 12:29 pm

    Matt King said...

    It does look pretty darn bad, and yet it looks so campy and awful that I may enjoy it. Doubtful, though.

    I do quite like Felicity Jones though.

  • 11 10-05-2010 at 1:58 pm

    Derek 8-Track said...

    this will be MGMTs favorite movie

  • 12 10-05-2010 at 2:46 pm

    matsunaga said...

    I’ve never seen a good movie where in Russel Brand was in it…

    I guess this won’t be an exception?

  • 13 10-05-2010 at 2:58 pm

    Lucas said...

    As bad a this might be, you’ve gotta admire the full throttle way Taymor has plunged into this…. if you’re gonna fail, maybe it’s good to fail spectacularly.

  • 14 10-05-2010 at 3:36 pm

    matsunaga said...

    And the creature with black feathers in 1:40reminds me of Beast Howl in Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving castle…

  • 15 10-05-2010 at 6:33 pm

    Glenn said...

    This looks awful. And I tend to give Taymor the benefit of the doubt because she’s usually so visually fantastic. This is just messy and does Helen Mirren just point a stick at things for the entire running time? Yikes.

  • 16 10-05-2010 at 6:47 pm

    Tye-Grr said...



    @matsunaga- Russell Brand was in ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’, and I thought that was a good film. Very funny, including Brand.

  • 17 10-06-2010 at 3:43 am

    deception said...

    I feel like they’re killing a Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Helen Mirren looks good, anyway, and so do the costumes. Uh, and the music, the music in the trailer is nice.

    The rest… no comment.

  • 18 10-06-2010 at 10:43 am

    Matt said...

    Christopher Plummer was in a terrific adaptation of The Tempest this year at Stratford, and I hear the production (filmed live) will be shown across North America this fall…keep an eye open for it

  • 19 10-09-2010 at 9:32 pm

    Pete said...

    The trailer looked good. I didn’t think it was a mess. Overwhelming, maybe, but not a mess. I am glad to see Taymor staying true to herself.