First Glance: “Ophelia”


“Vengeance, madness, a kingdom lost”. There is certainly enough there to make for a solid Shakespearean period drama. But the question is can Australian director Claire McCarthy deliver in a satisfying way? I’m anxious to give her new film “Ophelia” a shot.

For me the cast is the main attraction. Daisy Ridley steps away from “Star Wars” to play the title character. We also get Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, and George MacKay as Hamlet taking somewhat of a back seat. The new trailer offers up some striking imagery and hints at a potentially good retelling.

“Ophelia” lands in American theaters on June 28th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or give it a pass.

6 thoughts on “First Glance: “Ophelia”

  1. I am intrigued by this although I heard it wasn’t well-received when it premiered in Toronto last year or the year before at its film festival. Maybe they did a bit of re-editing to make it better.

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