Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1991)
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Critic Reviews for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
As happens at the opera, one usually laughs (if one laughs at all) not because something is funny, but because one has successfully recognized that it is supposed to be funny.
Staged as they are here, the jokes and the fourth-wall gamesmanship don't seem as funny as they did on the page.
As a movie, this material, freely adapted by Stoppard, is boring and endless. It lies flat on the screen, hardly stirring.
Unfortunately, Stoppard the director does not match the invigorating brilliance of Stoppard the writer.
Audience Reviews for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
A wonderfully witty film masterfully transferred from a marvellous stage script to the screen. The dialogue is constant and highly entertaining, the meshing of Stoppard's modern day speech of the original parts of the story and Shakespeare's original Hamlet practically seamless and masterfully worked. Gary Oldman gives a superb performance as Guildernstern (or is it Rosencratz - and, at the end of the day, does it matter?) outstanding in a fabulous cast. All in all this film cannot be recommended highly enough.
I loved the cast and love Tom Stoppard's work, but this predecessor to "Shakespeare in Love" was much less stimulating, even though it was equally clever.
Humorous take on two minor characters in Hamlet is a bit extended but Oldman and especially Tim Roth are excellent and make a great team of if not exactly buffoons than simple minded couriers. Richard Dreyfus is also full of puckish fun as the leader of an itinerant troupe.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Quotes
|Rosencrantz:||To sum up: your father, whom you love, dies. You are his heir. You come back to find that hardly was the corpse cold before his young brother pops onto his throne and into his sheets, thereby offending both legal and natural practice. Now... why exactly are you behaving in this extraordinary manner?|
|Guildenstern:||I can't imagine.|