As I wait for the one cinema within a two hour drive from my humble abode to finally show its only screening of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing*, I thought it would be a perfect time to set aside some time to celebrate the Bard’s influential word weaving in cinema.
I recently attended a production of Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre and it was an absolute joy to hear people genuinely laugh at the mishaps and the word play which unfolded on stage. Realising the great playwright could still appeal to the modern audience I began thinking about some of the best films I had seen which either Shakespeare’s creations and brilliantly adapted them to their own purposes.
There are more cases of the Bard’s inspiration in cinema than you can shake a spear at (sorry…) so remember, this is the Top Ten Most Awesome Films Inspired By Shakespeare. Awesome is the key word. You will not find Ten Thing’s I hate About You or She’s The Man on this list, I am afraid.
*It has recently come to my attention that Welsh cinemas do not appreciate Shakespeare or Whedon’s non-Avengers projects.
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