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Write a Review for 10 Things I hate about you for Empire Magazine

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Rian McMullan 10.11 Coursework: Media Write a film review for 10 Things I Hate About You for Empire magazine. Plot 10 Things I Hate About You is one a many 'modernised' Shakespeare adaptations, being based on the play The Taming of the Shrew. It is set in a modern American high school. Directed by Gil Junger, the film involves the new boy in school, Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), falling for the popular Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik). The problem is, her father's rules state that she isn't allowed to date - until her feminist sister Kat (Julia Stiles) does. Cameron will go to extreme lengths to date Bianca, even to the point of asking the school supermodel Joey Donner (Andrew Keegan) to pay Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to date Kat... Review The teenage romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You contains all that a movie of its genre should contain: teenagers, drinking, girls, parties etc; the basic requirements to attract its targeted teenage audience. In fact, you could sit through the entire film thinking that it's a completely original idea, and actually understand what was going on. Other movies in the same genre as 10 Things could be Can't Hardly Wait, which stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ethan Embry. The plot is hardly similar to 10 Things but it has the same basic requirements to get teenagers interested, like teenagers, drinking, girls, parties etc. ...read more.


His other two movies shown on screen were: Black Knight(2001), and If Only(2004). He is an American director for Touchstone Pictures and generally prefers directing television shows, such as In Case Of Emergency(2007), and 8 Simple Rules(2002). Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles take on the roles of Patrick Verona and Kat Stratford, the two main characters in the film. Heath Ledger carries out Patrick Verona very well. He shows a rebellious teenager who isn't afraid to do things that could get him in trouble, and yet can be affectionate when needed. Heath Ledger was also given the leading role in the movie The Order, playing Alex Bernier, a priest sent to Rome following the death of the leader of his order. Heath Ledger plays most of his roles with an audacious manner; he rarely plays a serious role. Julia Stiles plays Kat Stratford as an angry, feminist character. She manages to play off every emotion perfectly and shows no fault in her acting. Julia plays Katherine Thorn in the 2006 remake of The Omen, a film about the antichrist, the son of Satan. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Larisa Oleynik play the secondary characters Cameron James and Bianca Stratford, Kat's sister. Julia's acting skills can range from being hopelessly silly (when she was drunk in 10 Things) ...read more.


The storyline was toned down to meet the requirements of the 90's, for instance Kat being a feminist, rather than a more than subtly shown psychopath as shown in an original film of The Taming of the Shrew. The camera work was performed to a high level of detail. The cameras were positioned exactly where they should have been, for instance when Cameron James is interviewing the several people he thinks might go out with Kat, the camera stays in exactly the same position, focusing on the interviewee and leaving the interviewer out of the shot. Verdict 10 Things I Hate About You was given a UK classification of 12. The classification seems fair; there were drug and sexual references throughout the movie, along with mild swearing. I thought the movie was a very good adaption. Some of the names were changed to make the story more believe for a modern day audience, and so were the sets, for instance the high school the film is set in named Padua, which is the city in which the original play The Taming of the Shrew was set. The basic storyline was kept the same, but made more fun, which is good for people who are watching this simply for coursework or GCSEs, and also for people who want to watch the movie just because they were recommended it or they liked the look of it. I would recommend the movie to pretty much anyone. ...read more.

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