Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
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Average Rating: 2.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Much as he would later do with Shakespeare in Love (1998), writer Tom Stoppard delivered a tale of Shakespearean origin from a skewed and unexpected perspective. In this case, it's the perspective of two relatively minor characters from Hamlet, Rosencrantz (Gary Oldman) and Guildenstern (Tim Roth), courtiers who, in the original play, were dispatched offstage before the narrative's conclusion. In Stoppard's script (which he also directed), the two supporting players take center stage as the
Feb 8, 1991 Wide
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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.
Unfortunately, Stoppard the director does not match the invigorating brilliance of Stoppard the writer.
...On stage, the sprightly teleological riffs and bebop dialogue delight as ends in themselves. Here they're leaden and compromised. What happened?
Really head-twisting adaptation of the play with fine work from Oldman and Roth.
Probably the best stage to screen adaptation I've ever seen. Essential.
Tom Stoppard's 1967 morality play has been translated into a high-spirited and well-acted film.
By trying to take advantage of the medium, Stoppard loses track of what makes his work so wonderful. This belongs on the stage.
"belongs on the stage, but for what it is, not bad"
At a full two hours in length, there are just too many stretches where little or nothing is going on...
Audience Reviews for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
- 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.
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