• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Keanu & Shakespeare in My own Private Idaho.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Keanu & Shakespeare in My own Private Idaho Mark Twain once wrote an entire book about the literary offenses of James Fenimore Cooper. Cooper was a successful and well-known writer whose popular "Last of the Mohicans" has been adapted for the screen twice. Keanu Reeves, like Cooper, has been a popular movie star for over a decade, but his blockbuster movie star status does not translate into exceptional acting skills. Keanu is no stranger to disparaging reviews on his acting skills and while he will never be the greatest thespian to grace the silver screen, over the past years he has begun to turn in solid performances. More important than his improved acting abilities are the roles he has chosen to accept, roles that most Hollywood superstars of his stature would shy away from. This holds true for one of his earlier films, Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho (1991), unfortunately the same cannot be said for his acting in the movie. It is apparent that up until that point, Keanu was more comfortable playing Ted Logan from his Bill and Ted movies than performing in this modern rendition of Shakespeare's Henry the Fourth, Part One. ...read more.

Middle

Unless hours were cups of sack, and minutes capons, and clocks the tongues of bawds, and dials the signs of leaping-houses, and the blessed sun himself a fair hot wench in flame-coloured taffeta, I see no reason why thou shouldst be so superfluous to demand the time of the day. What Van Sant has done with the scene is not only modernize it, but change the sexuality as well. It is a great interpretation which Richert in his portrayal of Bob convincingly takes the audience into King Henry the Fourth Part One without the audience ever feeling that they are watching a Shakespearean scene. What Keanu does as the modern Prince Hal, Scottie, is give his performance as if he were on a stage and he was speaking to the last row of the theatre. His tone and delivery scream out 'Shakespeare' and it rips the viewer out of the scene, a scene where he should have been natural and energetic in poking fun at Richert's Bob, AKA Falstaff: BOB: What time is it, son? ...read more.

Conclusion

Bob retells the tale with four people jumping him at first, then it is four with leather and three others for a total of seven, finally ending with eleven before he is brought down. The details from the play remain right down to the green the villains wore and it being so dark he could not see the hand in front of his face. Scottie like Hal questions how he could see that the villains wore green when he could not see his hand in front of his face. Gus Van Sant was not simply retelling King Henry the Fourth Part One. My Own Private Idaho is multilayered and textured capturing a variety of different themes and genres into one movie. Regardless of Keanu's unnatural performance with his Shakespearean lines, the movie succeeds on so many different levels that it is hard to find fault with anything else. Even the robbery scene harkens back to Elizabethan England as Scottie, Mike, Bob and crew dress as monks. Purplish-pink Monks, but fittingly since the style of the movie warrants the garish color the monks don. 2 Jonathan Spielberg October 8, 2003 Critical Studies Paper 221: My Own Private Idaho ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Henry V section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Henry V essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    He took the colored sand on the cave walls around them and placed it on her body, transforming her as if with makeup. He promised to return to her and walked out into the desert for three days with no food, using only the stars and his shadow to guide his way.

  2. How does Shakespeare use Sleeps and Dreams or Visions in the plays Macbeth and ...

    A never-ending sleep. It could be said that as from your graves rise up and walk like sprites be, aswell as imagery about those rising from their sleep, to give out the imagery of a ghost.

  1. 'Follower' by Seamus Heaney, 'Last Lesson of the Afternoon' By D.H. Lawrence and 'My ...

    His external senses have been dulled by the indifference between them, but he will kind his flame. The only middle ground that unites them is they both are waiting for this class to end: "When will the bell ring, and end this weariness?"

  2. EXPLORE THE VIEW THAT MALES VALUE WOMEN PREDOMINANTLY FOR THEIR CHILDBEARING ABILITIES, BUT THAT ...

    into a small sickly damp wad of weeping pinky red" a description that could easily be transferred to a womb. The relevance is that sometimes it is not only the male that is guilty of reducing the role of women, but women themselves.

  1. Hamlet Movie Paper

    The makeup is natural and does not accentuate or bring out much in her face.

  2. Dr Faustus and The Man Who Would Be King on Power

    Is Marlowe, perhaps, something of a "Faustus" in language? That is, has he made a kind of bargain with imperialism in order to make his theatre, a bargain that costs him something precious? Is writing itself and literacy as a social force, something "demonic" in the sense that it transforms its possessors?

  1. Explore the motives which have driven the villains in Othello by William Shakespeare and ...

    At first glance, it would be obvious to suggest that the motive is racism as Iago says "I hate the Moor". Here, the mono-syllabic tone of this statement emphasises the hatred. "Moor" is seen as a derogatory term in modern day though Shakespeare reveals the racist attitude that was current in his day through his plays.

  2. Shirley Valentine " movie critique.

    We do not know if we will see her sun bathing on the Greek beach until she gets on the plane and leaves all objections behind her. On the contrary, some characters are flat, very simple and one-dimensional. Conti, Shirley's lover, is a comic clich�, acting out every dumb macho Greek stereotype and appears far less authentic than she is.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work