Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead (2010)
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Critic Reviews for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead
Starts off feeling clever and original but turns silly and diffused as its convoluted story spins out.
All of the riffs are twice and thrice removed, but the effect is lively rather than tiresome, largely on the strength of game performances, Sean Lennon's atmospheric score, and writer/director Jordan Galland's clear affection for his sources.
A toothless satire whose targets include vampire mania, low-rent theater, indie romantic comedies, Scorsese, Shakespeare and Law & Order, it plays like a Web series expanded to feature length.
This loopy farce has the feel of a wacky off-off-Broadway play with more energy than wit, but it has its moments.
Will you ever see another film in which Hamlet's name is screamed histrionically in a fake Egyptian desert?
Audience Reviews for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead
A vampire hires a low-rent director to direct a version of Hamlet involving vampires and the Holy Grail.
Aside from being frightfully dull, uneven, and genuinely unfunny, this film suffers from the construction of the main character, played by Jake Hoffman, who is so disaffected that it is almost impossible to sympathize with him. And the love story is poorly developed; what the connection between these two is or how they resolve their conflicts remains a mystery.
The story attempts to be a satire - I think - of off-off-Broadway, avant garde theater. The film contends that anything will fly in these venues, and that's true to some degree, but there's nothing funny about this thesis, and it's not presented in an original way. Shadow of the Vampire was far scarier and clearer in its barbs. Overall, this film is a boring, unfunny chore to watch.
This movie is ridiculous and silly and campy and over-the-top, and I loved every minute of it. It would never have worked at all without Jake Hoffman as the film's straight man, who reacts to everything with a cynical, apathetic detachment that somehow never gets too self-aware, even when the movie itself heads that direction. Some of the jokes ran a little long and the ending wasn't completely satisfying, but I found myself giggling several times and thoroughly enjoying the ride. Very entertaining.
This movie is beyond pointless. The actors were awful, the plot was stupid, and the special effects were laughable. I watched the beginning and realized that I wouldn't be able to watch the entire movie so I skipped to the end. I discovered that I didn't have to watch the entire movie to know exactly what happened.
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