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Film / The Tempest (2010)

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Ben Whishaw as Ariel
Helen Mirren as Prospera
Djimon Hounsou as Caliban

The Tempest is a 2010 film adaption of William Shakespeare's The Tempest directed by Julie Taymor of Titus and The Lion King fame. It is mostly faithful to the original play, but takes a few changes, the most notable is Prospero being changed to Prospera.

Tropes particular to the film include:

  • Burn the Witch!: Antonio spread rumours that Prospera used Black Magic to kill her husband despite "knowing that others of my sex have burned for far less".
  • Creepy Crows: When Ariel takes the form of a harpy to speak to the "three men of sin", he has great black crow wings and is surrounded by an illusionary swarm of crows that drives them to madness.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Miranda is barefoot for the entire film.
  • Gender Flip: According to Julie Taymor, she chose to make Prospero a woman because no male actors excited her and she had recently encountered Helen Mirren at a party, prompting to cast her in the role.
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  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The line, "Come unto these yellow sands" was changed to "Come unto these darkened sands" to fit with volcanic sand beaches used for the filming.
  • Token Minority: Caliban is played by Djimon Hounsou, the only visible minority actor in the cast. This is somewhat suitable for a character that can be interpreted as a metaphor for a black slave and/or natives of the Caribbean islands that were conquered by Europeans during the Age of Exploration.


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