Tuesday, December 2, 2014
William Shakespear's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher (audio)
This is exactly what you'd imagine it might be. It is the story of the movie Star Wars, A New Hope (the classic of my childhood) only told in the style of William Shakespeare.
OH MY WORD.
First off, I listened to this and it is done as a full cast recording with sound effects and everything and it is incredibly well done. I was completely transported to Outer Space. The dialogue is practically word for word, such as it is, so you really get the nuance of Shakespeare's language. Parts had me laughing out loud, rewinding, and laughing out loud again. I had to share with my father, especially the scene when Luke and Leia and Han lock themselves in the garbage pile. It is actually hilarious.
I actually also loved that the asides and monologues (really the whole thing is done in Shakespeare style including some stage direction) - these speeches give us some insight into characters that we normally only get a glimpse of - Obi Wan, for example, and even R2D2 gets to share his mind with us. Beyond that, our main characters, too, have moments of thoughtfulness and reflection that go deeper than the movie but fit right into the action.
If you are a fan of either Shakespeare of Star Wars, I highly recommend this as a fun time. There is depth in this story, if you care to find it - that fight between good and evil within ourselves, the drive to do what's right for rightness sake versus the love of power. For the comic banter and clever execution, take a listen.