In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale) (1996)
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When his professional career hits a lull, an actor attempts to revitalize his career by staging a production of Hamlet, directed by and starring himself. Director and star Kenneth Branagh would in fact release his own film version of Shakespeare's classic play a year later, but this comedy provides his fictional counterpart with far less in terms of production value. Lacking money and time, he recruits a rather motley group of drunks, incompetents, and oddballs, including a middle-aged female
Feb 9, 1996 Wide
Oct 22, 1996
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Joe Harper (Hamlet)
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This small-scale, putatively comic meditation on the anxieties and joys of the theatrical life says nothing fresh about the artistic process and manages to be coy and grating in doing so.
A Midwinter's Tale" packs together so many characters and ideas that they crowd one another out, leaving enough room for plenty of chuckles but none for belly laughs.
Looked at coldly, as a piece of entertainment, it clearly doesn't satisfy. But as a personal statement from writer-director Kenneth Branagh, the film still isn't good . . . but it's interesting.
There are so many laughs here, so much theatrical temperament on display, that you can't help but embrace the picture, even with its obvious flaws.
[An] inoffensive trifle.
Excellent, hilarious bookend to Branagh's Hamlet. If you or someone you love is in theatre, you must watch.
One of Branagh's most charming works too little seen.
A nice viewing alternative to the usual Christmas pap, and goes well with a fireplace and a snowy December day.
Delivers a bittersweet portrait of the trials and surprising rewards that come with being part of a theatre company.
A seriously funny ensemble farce.
Although this is clearly a warmup for Branagh's full-length dramatic "Hamlet," at 100 minutes it's pleasant enough for whiling away a bleak midwinter night.
Unfortunately, it's hard to admire and mock without seeming simultaneously a nerd and an ingrate.
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