Othello Movie Critique

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This Castle Rock production of Othello came out in 1995 and was directed by Oliver Parker. The movie is about two hours long and stars an excellent cast. The movie stars Laurence Fishburne as Othello, Irene Jacob as Desdemona. Also, Kenneth Branagh as Iago, who is known for his roles in other Shakespeare plays. Othello is about the Moor of Venice, who falls in love with a woman by the name of Desdemona and they get married. Everything seems to be going great for the couple until the seeds of doubts are planted in Othello's mind by Iago, the movie takes

you on a heated ride filled with jealously, dark humor and death.

In any movie version of a Shakespeare play, the most important thing to do is

to keep the plot and the language the same, but simple and provide many visuals. This is done well in this version of Othello.

Othello's story line is brought to life in this picture by two important factors, which are the audio and the visual aids. It is also important

to stick to the original play script when turning a Shakespeare play into a movie.

Othello provides many audio and visual aids to help a viewer relate to the movie on a personal level and it adds to the reader excitement and imagination from

reading the play before viewing the movie. The music in Othello, which was composed by Charlie Mole, was very moving throughout the movie. The sounds of celebration

at the party that evening of Othello's victory against the Turks and the sounds of joy

from Desdemona's mouth after seeing her husband Othello return safely and well. The music in both situations was uplifting and fast. The mode of the music during Iago's soliloquies, any...