English poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare turns 450 years old this month. And what better way to observe his special day than drown ourselves in his works.
NGL, it's not easy to read through all of what Shakespeare has written. Old English, hello? Good thing we have movies inspired by them to help us through lit class.
The Lion King
Life lesson: Karma will catch up with you.
Based on: Hamlet
Almost all things in this animated feature screams Hamlet, except that they traded Denmark for Africa and humans for lions. In The Lion King, Mufasa is killed by his jealous brother Scar. Years later, Mufasa's son Simba comes back and reveals what really happened—taking the crown and the kingdom from his uncle.
She's the Man
Life lesson: Surprises can be good.
Based on: Twelfth Night
Viola (Amanda Bynes) pretends to be his brother Sebastian, and ends up falling in love with his brother's hunk of a roommate and teammate Duke (Channing Tatum). Unforch, Duke is in love with another girl who is in love with Viola. Phew!
10 Things I Hate About You
Life lesson: Kat Stratford should be our life peg.
Based on: The Taming of the Shrew
Cameron (Joseph Gordon Levitt) pays Patrick (Heath Ledger) to "tame" Kat (Julia Stiles), so he can date her younger sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik). Patrick and Kat end up falling in love with each other, Kat discovers the truth, Patrick tries to win her back, Kat writes her own version of Shakespeare's Sonnet 141 and recites it in class, they make up, and they all live happily ever after.
Romeo + Juliet
Life lesson: Don't be too crazy in love.
Based on: Romeo and Juliet
A young Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as Romeo and Juliet? Check. Tragic love story? Check. Most people know the plot of Romeo and Juliet. Their families are against each other, but the two fall in love anyway. In the end, they commit suicide to be together in death than live their lives apart.
Life lesson: Even a messy moment, like the apocalypse, is a good time to fall in love.
Based on: Romeo and Juliet
Yes, this zombie movie is a modern day version of the love story. Julie (Teresa Palmer) falls in love with a zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult). Her father is against it because, duh, zombie. So, he attempts to kill R, but true love saves the day. This couple get their happy ending, unlike Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare In Love
Life lesson: #YOLO and write about it!
Based on: Shakespeare's life
Shakespeare is regarded as one of the best writers who ever lived, but that doesn't mean he hasn't experienced writer's block. This movie is loosely-based on what the playwright went through to come up with the story of Romeo and Juliet.
What other Shakespeare-inspired movies do you know, Candy Girls? Tell us in the comments or tweet us @candymagdotcom!