Though I disagree with the premise, I still appreciated the drama and intrigue that resulted from the supposition that William Shakespeare was not the poet and playwright we celebrate. Unfortunately I found that I was having to try very hard to keep track of the characters and their relationships, and jumping between time periods only served to further confuse that. It feels more like a rough draft than a final version, and the three stars comes largely from the fact that I enjoyed Jamie Campbell Bower as King Arthur in 'Camelot' and enjoyed seeing him again here....
I appreciate that an attempt to translate the page to the screen is a daunting, and near-impossible one. I think it's safe to say that no 'reader' will ever be completely satisfied with its film counterpart, however, what is paramount in my mind, is that the film version retains the spirit of it's literary predecessor. Hunger Games did just that.
Did it ignore some details and fly quickly through others? Absolutely. But it also reminded me of the emotions I…