There are many ... instances when you want to run screaming from Elsinore Castle.
Name a better adaptation.
Jan 6 - 03:27 AM
Maybe it's not about there being a better adaptation, but whether or not Hamlet works as a film. It's long, somewhat tedious with all of its soliloquies, and can drag at times. Some books just aren't made for the big screen.
Apr 29 - 05:41 PM
Good thing Hamlet is, in fact, a play written to be performed and not a book, wouldn't you say?
Sep 24 - 10:53 AM
Shut up fool
Feb 5 - 09:20 PM
This review is bad and you should feel bad.
Jun 24 - 12:33 AM
Although I rather agree that the ghostly scene was not a particularly inspiring one (mostly because it went on for far too long), I couldn't agree less with pretty much everything else you said.
I think the cast was very well chosen specifically BECAUSE they were an unusual mix. In truth Shakespeare IS for everyone, and the play's the thing. The past performances of the actors are of no account. It doesn't matter that we knew Robin Williams as Mork. He was now just a small player in a larger scene. If you're paying attention to the story and not fascinated or awed by personalities, there's nothing distracting about it. That is, with one exception--Billy Crystal (as Billy Crystal) made an excellent grave digger.
And although Branagh was a bit old for the part of Hamlet as written, I couldn't imagine anyone else interpreting the role so understandably that my 9-year-old could get the whole thing. He WAS funny in just the right insane sort of way that a jealous and bereaved son would be in this Shakespearean situation. Did you expect this to be a comedy? It isn't. When he was supposed to be sad and touched, he did it like a man would normally do it--as stiff as a board and completely unfamiliar with the territory. Although male actors can play sad and touched much better, we chicks call it playing a female. Real male sad and touched equals mad, irritated, and awkward.
I'll give you the ego comment. How can you not have an ego the size of Wisconsin when you take on a project like this? I wouldn't say it makes me uncomfortable. I'm not interested in an intimate relationship with the guy. I don't give a flying fig if he has an ego. I just want to enjoy Shakespeare. This guy makes it worth sitting for four hours.
Aug 8 - 01:42 AM