As we celebrate St Geroge’s day, we kick off Shakespeare Fortnight with 10 films adapted from his work
William Shakespeare died (and might have been born) on St George’s Day. In celebration, the Snooty Ushers are having a Shakespeare Fortnight, celebrating the impact he has had on the world of cinema. To start off, we have put our heads to pick some of the best adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. So, here are ten of our favourite films based (in some cases, very loosely) on The Bard’s work.
Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa, 1957)
A retelling of MacBeth set in feudal Japan.
Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox, 1956)
The Tempest is relocated to a distant planet in this landmark sci fi classic
West Side Story (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961)
Romeo and Juliet is transplanted to a Manhattan split between American and Puerto Rican gangs
Warm Bodies (Jonathan Levine, 2013)
Romeo and Juliet… but Romeo is a zombie.
Gnomeo & Juliet (Jonathan Levine, 2013)
Romeo and Juliet… but Romeo is a garden gnome. And so is Juliet.
Romeo Must Die (Andrzej Bartkowiak, 1999)
Romeo and Juliet… but Romeo is Jet Li and Juliet is Aaliyah.
O (Tim Blake Nelson, 2001)
Othello is remade as a high school drama
She’s The Man (Andy Fickman, 2006)
Twelfth Night’s gender swap comedy is placed in an elite boarding school’s football team
10 Things I Hate About You (Gil Junger, 1999)
The Taming of the Shrew is updated to late nineties Seattle
The Lion King (Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, 1994)
Hamlet retold Disney style in the animal kingdom
A one line recap of each film? That’s a bit of a cop out, isn’t it? Well no, because over the next fortnight we’ll be re-viewing each of those films! We’re also going to be re-viewing some other Shakespeare-related films, and will be ending in true Snooty Usher style with a slight daft last article. It is going to be a fun two weeks!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.