Saturday, March 15, 2008

A Wilderness of Monkeys . . .

Romeo and Juliet: A Monkey’s Tale. Dir. Karina Holden. Perf. Tim Hopper and Thousands of Monkeys. 2007. DVD. Animal Planet, 2008.
A Wilderness of Monkeys—
—performs Romeo and Juliet.

Well, “perform” may be too strong a word, but in this Shakespearean Adaptation or Derivitive (not exactly on Rothwell’s charts), the narrator describes the plot of Romeo and Juliet while showing the clash of two groups of monkeys.

I didn’t get very far, to tell you the truth. I got through the freeze frame / name card main-character-monkey section . . . but no further.

If an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters typed for an infinite amount of time, I still don’t think they’d come up with the screenplay for this one.

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