I’m not going to lie to you: the main reason I wanted to watch this movie is because I have become an unabashed Ben Whishaw fangirl following Skyfall, and I needed more of his stupid face in my life.
Whishaw plays Ariel, and he does an awesome job, but he turned out to be just one impressive actor in a sea of great performances. This movie features, among others, Helen Mirren, Alan Cumming, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, and a bunch of other fabulous people.
Helen Mirren plays Prospera, a gender-swapped version of the original play’s main character Prospero, and, well, she is amazing. I’ve talked about her in a previous post where I reported that she was interested in playing the Doctor, and let me just reiterate that Helen Mirren should seriously play all your male faves. Switching the gender gives Prospera’s disenfranchisement and conflict with her family more depth and makes her coming into power as a sorceress less of a revenge story and more of a female empowerment tale. Her interactions with Ariel were particularly poignant (Luce and I ship it sorry we’re not sorry), and, I dunno, I would watch Helen Mirren watch paint dry so maybe I’m not the best judge of her performance in general but I though she was awesome all around.