Movie Review – Ophelia (2019)

Ophelia, 2019.

Directed by Claire McCarthy.

Starring Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, George MacKay, Clive Owen, Tom Felton, Sebastian de Souza, Devon Terrell, Daisy Head, Dominic Mafham, Anna Rust, Mia Quiney, and Martin Angerbauer.

Synopsis:

A female-friendly adaptation of Hamlet imagining what would happen if Ophelia lived and was more actively involved in the story – with key elements altered.

Daisy Ridley stars as Ophelia in which she plays a decidedly active heroine more than the traditional tragic (and minor) character in the canonical play. The good aspects of this film are primarily its production, costumes, and music. While not as stellar as the beloved Shakespeare in Love, Ophelia is a respectable if minor additional entry into the now huge library of Shakespeare adaptations.

The problem inheres, paradoxically, in the film’s conservatism. Ostensibly, this is a feminist interpretation of Hamlet with a female director, female writer, and female performers in starring roles
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