Forget all of the other actors, they're nothing compared to the theatrical and outrageous courting performances of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Oh, their passion sizzles on camera. Each barb (written hundred of years ago) is extreme flirting for these two. They are a delight to watch.
Every other year eleven student past and present can tell you what the plot is and the different interpretations of themes. But for those lucky not to have to study this with an English teacher prone to over explaining (is it plagiarism to just write down one of my teachers long lectures and submit it as my own essay?) I'll explain.
Bianca is the pretty little flirt every guy wants to marry. Katharina is beautiful but very mean and violent, not able to tolerate how people can pamper her sister just because she acts pretty and sweet. No-one wants to marry her, but until she is wed, no-one can marry Bianca. The suitors of Bianca then conspire to find someone desperate enough to take Katharina because of her money. In comes Petruchio. Thing is, he's strong enough in body, mind, and spirit to match Katharina, and get her to mature.
I like this play, it isn't my favourite Shakespeare but it is very entertaining. As a film... I love Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Other than that it is soooo dated. The scenery is painted. The other actors over play it. It's a riot on stage with a lot of stumbling. The costumes are scary (it looks like the dresses have swallowed the women whole and wont spit them out) and the men are in tights. Enough said.
Fun, but not something anyone should watch unless they like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (how many more times can I say their names in one review?) or you're a student. Sorry, not that good.