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.
While not without its moments, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead is still an uninspired piece of filmmaking with poor acting, an unfunny script, and rather sketchy editing that makes it hard to follow. RAGAU is a movie within a movie. The actual movie stars Julian (Jake Hoffman), a slacker lothario is hired to direct an off-beat version of Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Julian brings in his friends Vince and Anna to play Hamlet and Ophelia respectively. Soon, Vince becomes suspicious of the actor Theo, and learns that he and some of the other actors are vampires, who plan to slowly turn every actor into a vampire to grasp the realism. So Vince begins to take precautions and tries to warn Julian and Anna before it's too late. The acting is painfully bad with many times the actors and actresses appearing bored with the film. Our main character is uninteresting and has no interesting traits that make us care about him. The plot is unfortunately boring as hell and can't choose whether it's a comedy or a horror film and ends up failing on every level. I should also note that this is the first film in quite a while that I didn't watch all the way through. Yes, every film I reviewed I've watched all the way through. I finished films far worse than this, yet I stopped half way through. It was just so boring and uninteresting with too much language and too much TNA. The only good thing I can say about this film is the soundtrack, though it seems like it's trying to run the film off the tracks. So if you like odd indie films, you'll like this. Others, turn away. (Real rating: 33%)
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.
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