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Measure for Measure (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 2006 (UK)
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Contemporary re-working of the Shakespeare's problem play set in the British army.

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Emma Agerwald ...
Mariana (as Emma Ager)
Kristopher Milnes ...
Provost
Simon Brandon ...
Claudio (as Simon Nuckley)
Luke Leeves ...
Dawn Murphy ...
Escalus
Kate Sullington ...
Juliet
Hanne Steen ...
Soldier Overdone
Leah Grayson ...
Pompey
Piers Pereira ...
Elbow
Roberto Argenti ...
Priest
Robert Anderson ...
Soldier Froth
Danny Idollor ...
Soldier in Bar (as Danny Idollor Jnr.)
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With he and most of his fellow soldiers (both male and female) becoming a brazenly licentious lot, Officer Duke takes a leave of absence, putting Angelo in charge. Duke secretly dons the guise of a blind priest to watch how Angelo would lead in his absence. Whereas Duke may be lax in upholding rules, Angelo is strict and immediately sentences soldier Claudio to death for impregnating his girlfriend. When Angelo's sister Isabel, a nunnery novice, comes to beg Angelo for Claudio's life, Angelo says he'll grant if - in exchange for sex. Maintaining his disguise, Duke sets about to avert the potential tragedy and loss of honor. Written by statmanjeff

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£42,000 (estimated)
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Angelo: Redeem thy brother by yielding up thy body to my will!
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Tonnes of radical ideas, but far too messy to work
17 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is a fantastic play, and trying to put this on the screen is a commendable effort, but it cannot be denied that this film is a complete mess.

The modern setting is completely incongruent with the moral systems inherent in Shakespeare's play.

The delivery is wooden, and several of the lines are bundled or just wrongly pronounced.

The editing is vicious (hence the 80 min run-time) and so you lose the comic variety of the original play (Pompey and Lucio are severely sidelined).

Simon Phillips, as The Duke, gives by far the best performance, but when disguised as a friar, he seems to be acting like a blind man for no apparent reason and his disguise makes him look like John Lennon.

The cinematography is amateurish at best, and the restlessness of the camera gets very irritating very quickly.

I really wanted to like this, because it was such an ambitious concept, but for me, it fell totally flat, and seemed ridiculous more often than not.


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