Friday, August 26, 2011
Film Friday pt. 2: 10 Things I Hate About You
It may seem unlikely that a Shakespeare play set in a contemporary high school in California would be successful, but the general plot suits teenagers well. It works well as an adaptation of a classic work for a modern audience. Kat's father actually likes her, he's simply paranoid about teenage pregnancy, so he uses Kat's disinclination to date to keep Bianca at home. And this is something I particularly like about the movie: it focuses much more on the family relationship. We see both daughters interacting with their father, and we actually see more interaction between Kat and Bianca. Because they actually care about each other, when they admit difficult things to each other, it makes it all more meaningful.
Naturally, in simplifying the play and smoothing off the rough edges, the movie loses some of the richness of the play. But it maintains much of the essence, acting as an excellent interpretation of the play. And, of course, if it inspires more people to explore Shakespeare, then it has done an excellent job.