The success or failure of the movie hinges upon the performances of Patrick Stewart as Claudius and David Tennant as the title character. While the filmed setting itself (a late nineteenth century chapel that didn't even have electricity at first) as well as the overall cinematography are superbly interesting, it's the raw acting talent that makes this worth watching. The movie's seven soliloquy sections are appropriately intimate and compelling.
The story is world famous and has been adapted into different forms over the years. A tormented Danish prince receives from the ghost of his kingly father the charge of enacting vengeance upon the prince's usurping uncle. This particular production uses the visual motifs of the fractured mirror and the ever watching CCTV camera. The oppressive yet disjointed atmosphere stresses the emotional darkness of the play, making the movie into a kind of psychological thriller. Tennant's Hamlet is an introspective yet deeply flawed and vulnerable human being that will remain one of the best takes on the character for years to come.
As someone who finds Hamlet exceptionally overdone, this is my favorite version on film.
This Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Hamlet" features great acting by both David Tennant and Patrick Stewart. I enjoyed the look of the production, especially because it paid homage to its stage production despite being filmed on location. The acting is the real focus here.
An interesting interpretation however I found David Tennant a little too hysterical and not dark; generally too light, for the Hamlet role. And I found Patrick Stewart too overbearing for the role, hating the shrug he adds before drinking the poison..
I find Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet loaded with great Shakespearean actors (as well as others) and to me a much better interpretation.
The use of CCTV, revolvers and rifles, and very modern costumes make this interpretation a little on the avant-garde side, though sticks to the play. And it would have been excellent if it were not for the choice of actor to play Hamlet himself: Tennant ruins the whole thing. When 14 year old in an intro to drama class is given instruction, and then told to memorize the lines and act, their upper eyelids are usually not in their normal position; the boy glares intensely, because he's concentrating so much. All actors eventually mature out of that habit. Not Tennant: he's a total and complete amateur. On top of his non-stop semi-rage glaring, he overacts every scene he is in.
best hamlet ever (and i've seen hamlet over 5 times...at least)
wow david tennant was amazing!
While seeking revenge against his father's murderer, a prince takes out pretty much everyone else, including, ultimately, his best friend and the kingdom of Denmark. So, basically a comedy.
Some unusual cuts to the play, and despite the exceptionally good acting, a curiously unemotional version. The cinematography sometimes gets in the way of the play as well.
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