MOVIES TO CHECK OUT DURING WINTER BREAK
It’s that time of the year when the weather gets colder and we prefer bundling up and lounging around at home. It is also a great occasion to watch good flicks.
Below there are two comedies based on Shakespeare’s plays that we’ll be watching during this winter break while we are drinking hot cocoa and eating pop-corn.
Let’s snuggle up on the couch and enjoy !
"10 Things I Hate About You''(1999) is inspired by Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew”. This movie is a funny teen film that goes beyond the stereotypical high school movie and demonstrates that Shakespeare's timeless vision of human nature is accurate in our days, too.
This movie is a 1999 romantic comedy directed by Gil Junger and starring by Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
It brings Shakespeare 'The Taming of the Shrew’ to a setting in a modern American high school. The story this time involves two Seattle sisters. Bianca Stratford who is popular and her shrewish older sister Katarina, who is unpopular, never dates and is the class brain. But Bianca's father has forbidden her to date until her older sister Kat starts going out.When a new boy Cameron arrives at Padua High School, he instantly falls for Bianca Stratford - but his hopes of winning her heart takes a tumble when he learns that Bianca will never be allowed to date by her father until her rebellious older sister Kat has done so first. And so, without her even knowing it, the search for a suitable boyfriend for Kat begins.
So he hatches a plan to persuade Patrick, the school outlaw, to ask her to the prom. He takes a $300 bribe, but then realizes that Kat is actually quite lovely, etc., and really falls in love with her.
"She’s the man"(2006) is a cute romantic teen comedy loosely based on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” It was directed by Andy Fickman and starred by Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, and Julie Hagerty
The premise of the film involves the main character (Viola) to cross-dress as a man, pretending to be her twin brother, in order to have the opportunity to play soccer on the men’s team to prove women are equally as capable and talented.
When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she's not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs.
These movies represent just a sliver of the films that owe credit to Shakespeare’s plays.