Reworking of the Christopher Marlowe play
This modern travesty from the play by Christopher Marlowe is rewritten and reworked not only to have a happy ending but also offers performances that rarely rise above school play line-readings.
While the silly, modern interpolations gay riots, Annie Lennox singing Cole Porter, anti-Thatcher slogans serve only to reduce the content of the original rather than illuminate.
Its also short on laughs throughout, apart from the abject silliness, for example; it's hard not to snicker when Tilda Swinton's Morticia Addams villainess unintentionally sums up the whole semi-camp approach with her apt description, "I am a miserable queen."
Fans of the play will be unimpressed with this disjointed version, perhaps Jarman was trying too hard to be original when reworking an old story.