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Cymbeline

3 Stars (out of 4)

Sometimes remembered for his experimental filmmaking with the Fisher-Price Pixelvision camera, director Michael Almereyda worked with Ethan Hawke on a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet (2000) that became his most famous film. Now the two have teamed up again for another Shakespeare, the lesser-known, late-period Cymbeline, which plays a little like Romeo & Juliet, but with a more hopeful ending. In Shakespeare's play, updated to modern times, Cymbeline (Ed Harris) is now the king of a motorcycle club. His daughter Imogen (Dakota Johnson) angers her father by marrying the lower-class skateboarder Posthumus (Penn Badgley). Sent into exile, Posthumus meets the sneaky Iachimo (Ethan Hawke), who bets Posthumus that he can sleep with Imogen, and fakes evidence to "prove" that he did. More...

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If you're thinking of seeing Cymbeline, why not check out Michael Almereyda's earlier Shakespeare movie with Ethan Hawke, Hamlet?

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