William Shakespeare was a poet, playwright, and actor. To many, he is considered as the English national poet and the greatest dramatist of all time. His work was written in the late sixteenth to early seventeenth century, but they are still greatly studied, valued, and read today. Some of these dramas have even transcended into the modern setting through cinema. However, because they are only loosely adapted from the original plot, some readers cannot tell that the material is Shakespeare.
Well we’re here to give you a few movies that were adapted from Shakespeare’s plays.
• 10 Things I Hate about You (1999)
This is arguably the best adaptation of its time. Heath Ledger’s singing may have had something to do with that. Aside from the setting being called Padua, the plot to have someone date Katarina (the shrew) so Bianca can also date is very prevalent in the play. Fans of The Taming of the Shrew will clearly see parallels in the plot, setting, and characters. And we definitely love the high school setting!
• She’s the Man (2006)
Amanda Bynes dressed like a man, what fun! The character names and the plot overall practically scream Twelfth Night. Only the high school scene, importance of soccer, and minor characters and developments are changed in this one. But it was still Illyria, and the love triangle still stands strong!
• Warm Bodies (2013)
Zombie romance is a rare occurrence in cinema, indeed. But that is the premise of this Romeo and Juliet-esque feature. Nicholas Hoult is undoubtedly the cleanest zombie ever. The use of R and Julie as character names is not lost on the audience as well.
• The Lion King (1994)
Yes! Mufasa speaking to Simba from the clouds is akin to Hamlet speaking to the spirit of his father. Revenge and power are the dynamics that ruled this one despite the fact that it is a Disney movie. nonetheless, the singing and cute animals really made the movie lighter and more fun for all audiences.See All