The basic premise of the movie is brilliant, and has been re-used by Hollywood and others quite a few times. Twins. Twins that don’t know about each other are hilarious. Shakespeare’s genius doubles this doubling, and I found it actually quite funny. Certainly an order of magnitude funnier than any other Shakespeare comedy I’ve seen.
However, while I watched Titus Andronicus thinking that if brand-new it would be powerful and challenging by modern standards, I prefer modern comedy. Comedy needs as few barriers between itself and its audience as possible, it really needs to get under the skin. And I don’t think Shakespeare can do that for us in the same way as he can touch our primal or dark sides.
The biggest surprise was Roger Daltry as the comic character Damio. Who knew?