Hamlet liikemaailmassa Reviews

  • Dec 24, 2013

    Modernisoitu versio Hamletista. Kaikki menee pieleen ja tupakkia palaa. PPP elämänsä roolissa.

    Modernisoitu versio Hamletista. Kaikki menee pieleen ja tupakkia palaa. PPP elämänsä roolissa.

  • Jun 11, 2011

    Kaurismäen tylsintä, mutta ehdottomasti ei paskaa kuitenkaan.

    Kaurismäen tylsintä, mutta ehdottomasti ei paskaa kuitenkaan.

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    Dec 07, 2010

    In "Hamlet," Isa(Pentti Auer) is dead as a doorknob, having been poisoned by his business partner Klaus(Esko Salminen) who was having an affair with his wife Getrtrud(Elina Salo). As a result, Isa's son Hamlet(Pirkka-Pekka Petelius) gains 51% of the company's stock while Klaus is named president. That works out well since all Hamlet wants to do is get it on with his girlfriend Ofelia(Kati Outinen) who wants to wait until they get married. As Hamlet is distracted, Klaus puts his masterplan in motion to convert the company to exclusively make rubber ducks. With "Hamlet Goes Business," Aki Kaurismaki puts his unique stamp on the venerable William Shakespeare play by inserting a little absurdity(The movie contains one of the top ten puns of all time) and rock and roll. The black and white cinematography adds a little noir to the mix. Otherwise, the gist of the play is intact, even if the underlying subtext has been altered in places, leaving with us a less sympathetic Hamlet, not trapped by fate, instead an active participant in covert corporate warfare with his new stepfather which leads to some incisive class commentary. (Originally reviewed in the blog section on July 24, 2009.)

    In "Hamlet," Isa(Pentti Auer) is dead as a doorknob, having been poisoned by his business partner Klaus(Esko Salminen) who was having an affair with his wife Getrtrud(Elina Salo). As a result, Isa's son Hamlet(Pirkka-Pekka Petelius) gains 51% of the company's stock while Klaus is named president. That works out well since all Hamlet wants to do is get it on with his girlfriend Ofelia(Kati Outinen) who wants to wait until they get married. As Hamlet is distracted, Klaus puts his masterplan in motion to convert the company to exclusively make rubber ducks. With "Hamlet Goes Business," Aki Kaurismaki puts his unique stamp on the venerable William Shakespeare play by inserting a little absurdity(The movie contains one of the top ten puns of all time) and rock and roll. The black and white cinematography adds a little noir to the mix. Otherwise, the gist of the play is intact, even if the underlying subtext has been altered in places, leaving with us a less sympathetic Hamlet, not trapped by fate, instead an active participant in covert corporate warfare with his new stepfather which leads to some incisive class commentary. (Originally reviewed in the blog section on July 24, 2009.)

  • Nov 25, 2010

    Forget the half-assed Ethan Hawke modernization. Kaurismäki's noir-Hamlet starts off like it might be just a farce, but actually does the source material decent justice.

    Forget the half-assed Ethan Hawke modernization. Kaurismäki's noir-Hamlet starts off like it might be just a farce, but actually does the source material decent justice.

  • Sep 06, 2010

    I miss the soliloquy, but really love the way the film ends!

    I miss the soliloquy, but really love the way the film ends!

  • Aug 06, 2008

    In The Bad Sleep Well, Kurosawa modernizes Hamlet in a film noir style. Here Kaurismaki manages to parody both Hamlet and film noir in one fell swoop. A breath of fresh air, quite different from the other Kaurismaki I've seen. Witty, clever, and beautifully photographed (in black and white, of course).

    In The Bad Sleep Well, Kurosawa modernizes Hamlet in a film noir style. Here Kaurismaki manages to parody both Hamlet and film noir in one fell swoop. A breath of fresh air, quite different from the other Kaurismaki I've seen. Witty, clever, and beautifully photographed (in black and white, of course).

  • Jul 22, 2008

    Djöfull er ég að fíla þenn Kárísmákí!

    Djöfull er ég að fíla þenn Kárísmákí!

  • Jun 07, 2008

    The best version of Hamlet ever made! Aki you did it again.

    The best version of Hamlet ever made! Aki you did it again.

  • Feb 22, 2008

    An almost defiantly irreverant take on Shakespeare from Kaurismaki, adapting the bones of the play to a contemporary Finnish setting in the form of a business corporation. I liked it a lot and Kaurismaki even gets in some of his own favourite themes - the resilience of the lower class workers and dogs. And it's all shot in a moody b&w film noir style. Great performances all round the cast too.

    An almost defiantly irreverant take on Shakespeare from Kaurismaki, adapting the bones of the play to a contemporary Finnish setting in the form of a business corporation. I liked it a lot and Kaurismaki even gets in some of his own favourite themes - the resilience of the lower class workers and dogs. And it's all shot in a moody b&w film noir style. Great performances all round the cast too.

  • Jan 16, 2008

    Shakey's classic tragedy transposed to modern Finland. Hamlet's dad dies under mysterious circumstances. Wicked uncle Claus wants to sell off all those unprofitable sawmills and buy a world monopoly in rubber duck manufacture. But the feckless Hamlet has 51% of the shares in the family business, and boardroom battle commences. A very serious noir style meshing oddly with a very silly premise.

    Shakey's classic tragedy transposed to modern Finland. Hamlet's dad dies under mysterious circumstances. Wicked uncle Claus wants to sell off all those unprofitable sawmills and buy a world monopoly in rubber duck manufacture. But the feckless Hamlet has 51% of the shares in the family business, and boardroom battle commences. A very serious noir style meshing oddly with a very silly premise.