I think this the definitive adaptation of Hamlet. Still powerful even after more than 20 years after its release.
overwrought >> and Hollywood sets don't lend well to the dark and brooding Hamlet. Looks like it was filmed as a musical.
Although its quite long (4 hours) the film doesn't drag. Excellent costumes and performances, though they may not be to everyone's taste. The play was not clipped to suit a film, so one gets to see the whole thing.
kenneth branagh always has to give himself the lead role. This is not the best adaptation of Hamlet, but you may beg to differ -- see it just for kicks. He's better as a comedic actor; he was too "oh woe is me" and too blonde. See Much Ado About Nothing:)
Admittedly this version is worth watching, and in a number of ways is very well done. Two minor imperfections, I do want to mention: Jack Lemmon as Marcellus is horrible! Maybe his character's stumbling speech is evidence of how rotten things are in Denmark, but it struck me as acting done badly. It's only a bit part early in the film, but how could Branagh--since he was directing--let that go?
Second, Kenneth Branagh's soliloquy concerning young Fortinbras is a textbook "clapper trapper." The theatricality of the delivery demands the audience give a rousing reaction.
But overall, the movie is worlds better than the version with Mel Gibson.
Behold KCLS patrons, me thinks I have found another buried film classic treasure. "The Prince of Denmark, Hamlet". "The first-ever full-text film version of William Shakespeare's famous play, has not even received a comment since it came out in 2007 on the KCLS web site. Thirteen patrons are waiting on the seven copies in the KCLS. You people are really on the ball. Who would take on such a challenging film role. Well, Richard Branagh gives a magnificent performance as Hamlet. It shouldn't be overlooked, that Sir Richard Attenborough gave one of his last and best performances as the English Ambassador. Other notable cast members are Julie Christie, Billy Christie (as the 1st gravedigger), and Judi Dench. This is a must see movie for fans of classic great film making. I would run, not walk, to my computer and reserve a copy today. Just look at the DVD cover for the color, grandeur, and spectacular look of the movie. Believe me, the film is even better than the cover hints.
Shakespeare's greatest tale in it's most epic adaptation form!
Wherein a son must avenge his father's death, while dealing with his own madness!
A classic for the ages! "To be or not to be...."
Apparently the best Hamlet movie out there. I actually enjoyed watching the movie while following it along with the play. The only thing like annoys me was Hamlet was suppose to be a young man but instead he looked old and had a mustache. Doesn't quite suit the appearance but the actor is amazing.
Hamlet has never been so fun. Time well spent.
Okay, I HATED shakespeare in high school. I'm still not really much of a fan, but I loved this film, and therefore Hamlet is the only book I studied in school that I still look back on fondly. It is like 4 hours long though: just a warning.
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