Title: Richard III
Author: William Shakespeare
Genre: Classic Plays
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Shakespeare; Book2Movies
History or tragedy? Even Wikipedia doesn't know. I am going to all it a history. While there are definitely tragic elements, we aren't supposed to identify with Richard. The villainous villain of all of Shakespeare... and he's the main character. I can not get over it! He does have the most amazing monologues throughout the play. Shakespeare is known for his monologues, but these are over the top. I especially love the scene on the battlefield after the ghosts have visited Richard. Oh how the mighty have fallen! Not one of my favorite plays, but a very interesting history.
1955 Movie Adaptation
Before I say anything about the content, I must remark on the ridiculous costumes. they are so comical and colorful. They look like something that belongs in Disney World. I Just can't get past them. On to the content. Laurence Olivier is just amazing. He exudes villainy and treachery. And that wig is just perfect for the nasty king. I was a bit unnerved at his monologues directly into the cameras. It's a bit odd for a movie. It made me feel that I was part of Richard's evil plan to get the crown. But the performance is just right. Last note... I love how unrealistically people from old movies kiss. That just looked awkward.