Promote someone else to the rank of lieutenant? Over Iago's dead body! And more pointedly, over the dead bodies of nearly everyone ensnared in Iago's plot of revenge. Jealousy, passion, misplaced trust: the themes of Shakespeare's towering tragedy permeate this fresh Othello from writer/director Oliver Parker (An Ideal Husband). Kenneth Branagh (Iago), Irene Jacob (Desdemona) and Laurence Fishburne as the title-role warrior who ruled armies but not his own heart play the principals in this tale set in Renaissance Venice - yet belonging to the ages. The Moor who "loved not wisely but too well" commands attention now and for generations to come in this version played and filmed both wisely and well.
a fairly good adaptation for film of othello which has had some very bad adaptations to date. this is much better then the movie with josh hartnett called O so if you want a bit of shakespeare then this is a pretty good version of his stuff. see also hamlet directed by kenneth branagh which is incredible and possibly the best play of shakespeares to be made for the screen.
Impressive adaptation of Shakespeare's powerful play about the innocent Moor Othello undone by his own insecurity and the jealous manipulations of his best friend the scheming Iago. Brilliantly acted with Lawrence Fishburne a strong Othello, Kenneth Branagh a suitably evil Iago and Irene Jacobs a radiant Desdemona. Compelling and satisfying viewing.