Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. Visit her website for this year’s themes and join in! This week is all about Shakespeare adaptations. When I was looking for movies for this week, I realized that I haven’t seen a lot of adaptations or have already used the movies in a different week. Since I didn’t want to repeat movies, my last pick is a movie that I want to watch. Here are my picks for this week.
Gnomeo and Juliet – As the title points out, this is an animated retelling of Romeo and Juliet. They are garden gnomes in two warring households, and would usually hold lawn mower racing fights to show whose family is the toughest. The two gnomes – children of the leader gnomes – meet in the dark while trying to get a flower, and eventually realize that the other belongs to the enemy family. Spoilers – this doesn’t end tragically for the two lovers.
Merchant of Venice – I have only read four of Shakespeare’s work to date, and this is my favorite play so far. The adaptation, however, is bland. This is one of those cases where I prefer the play over the adaptation.
Macbeth – For this, I am pertaining about the 2015 version of Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The cinematography looks great, and I’ve always wanted to see this story played out onscreen.