|I love Helen Mirren and she did a marvelous job. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars was because of both the parts played by Ferdinand and that of Miranda. Both are new to acting and Shakespeare and it was apparent. However, the remainder of the cast was stellar. Even the lesser roles had some outstanding and well known actors in the parts. (Helen Mirren even commented on that during the special features portion.) The interesting part about this version is that the main character was originally written as a male, Prospero, where this version had the lead as a female, Prospera, played by Helen Mirren. I think she is an excellent actress. (My first encounter of Mirren was in I, Claudius with Derek Jacobi.) This movied version of The Tempest was filmed on a privately owned Hawaiian Island which made for an excellent location. If you like Shakespear and The Tempest, give it a try.