Othello | Critical Review by Peter Travers

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Othello.
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Critical Review by Peter Travers

SOURCE: Travers, Peter. Review of O. Rolling Stone, no. 877 (13 September 2001): 116.

In the following review, Travers offers a mixed assessment of the film O, a modern version of Othello directed by Tim Blake Nelson. Although Travers praises the performances of Mekhi Phifer as O (Othello) and Julia Stiles as Desi (Desdemona), the critic finds that the film relies too heavily on plot mechanics from the original play that do not make sense in Nelson's contemporary context.

Sometimes these updates of Shakespeare's plays work well, whether they junk the text (10 Things I Hate About You) or stick with the iambic pentameter (Michael Almereyda's Hamlet). This is not one of those times. O, a modern spin on Othello, is a bumpy ride that is nonetheless worth taking. Set in a Southern prep school, the film shows the tragic consequences that occur when basketball...

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This section contains 369 words
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