|Anthony Hopkins is Titus
This is the kind of adaptation I just love. It's big and loud
and very very stylish. If you absolutely hated Richard
Loncraine "Richard III" with Ian McKellen, then you'll
really loathe this film. It's got blood and guts and 1930's era
Italian Fascists and enough panache to make it look easy as
winking. When I came out, I had felt as if I had been knocked
down to the ground and kicked in the stomach by a series thugs
who rotated amongst themselves when fatigue set in.
It was great.
Anthony Hopkins is Titus, the returning hero, General of the
Roman army. When he is asked by the Senate to appoint a new
emperor, his must choose between the simpering and pandering
Saturninus (Alan Cumming), and the calm and apparently reasonable
Bassaninus (James Frain). This being Shakespeare, you can be sure
that Titus chooses poorly. When Saturninus takes the captive Goth
queen Tamora as his wife, it's party time in Ancient Rome, but
all the while she is plotting her revenge. Things are about to go
quite poorly for Titus and any character that has enough lines to
be given a name. Very properly, the story ends when everyone who
is marked for death dies.
For his work in this film, I am prepared to forgive Hopkins
for "Instinct", a mostly stinky film he squeezed out in
1999 that would have been greatly improved had the film projector
jammed. This is some nice work, Sir Tony; I hope there are no
CanCon is provided in this movie by Colm Feore who plays
Titus' brother Marcus with his usual aplomb. Harry Lennix plays
Aaron with understatement (it's all relative, of course) that
lends his character a malevolent sheen without being completely
despicable. Of Laura Fraser, who plays Lavinia, Titus' daughter,
one can only make deep throaty noises. Mmmm.
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