Othello (1995) - Drama, Romance

Hohum Score

18

Watchable

The Moorish General Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his Lieutenant Michael Cassio, when in reality, it is all part of the scheme of a bitter Ensign named Iago.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Oliver Parker
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh
Length: 123 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 4 out of 48 found boring (8.33%)

One-line Reviews (17)

IT's just worth watching.

Worth watching!

This may not be the best version of 'Othello' put on film, but it's worth watching thanks to the performances of its two leads.

It was an enjoyable, tragic, comedic two hours that I would definitely watch again.

An entertaining 80 minutes .

I highly recommend it.

Then, at the end, we lose him and Oliver Parker makes the great ending of the play way too long and we quickly get bored and annoyed at the melodrama of the last scene.

I remember studying this story in high school, actually I found Othello to be probably my favorite Shakespeare story due to the fact of how fascinating it was, the fact that Shakespeare captured the feeling of friendship, love, and racism perfectly.

Very well done, I definitely enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good traditional enactment of Othello.

It was a richly entertaining movie.

Irene Jacob wasn't quite as good, Desdemona is a very delicate and poignant character, and while Jacob does what she can looking suitably delicate and beautiful her performance was a little on the dull side for me.

I couldn't help comparing this film with Kenneth Brannagh's "Hamlet", the longest and most tedious of his self-advertisements, in which every long-winded speech was preserved intact.

Who else could have given him that blend of sympathy/antipathy, love/hatred and, not to forget, those fiery eyes...? Branagh is good as always, but not at his peak, Iréne Jacob's Desdemona is fairly good but a bit bleak, whilst Laurence Fishburne truly lifts it and makes it a very interesting and enjoyable movie.

I enjoyed it and recommend it.

I highly recommend it to any Shakespear fan.

All of the elements of Shakespeare's classic tragedy are here, but they add up to only a rather tepid melodrama thanks to a bland leading lady, a flat supporting cast and the ham-fisted and uninspired direction of Oliver Parker.

The story arc here is plodding and not particularly engaging.