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On the negative side, there is quite a lot of dialogue cut, and some of your favorite scenes may be missing, but it generally makes sense. The only exception is the final scene where a modern sword fight ends in death by gunfire, and Laertes blurts out an 'I forgive you' to Hamlet which makes you wonder 'why?'
Get this version for emotive content and interpretation. Get the Branagh version for completeness, the Gibson version for a more traditional (and well done) take.
-I like Murray's Polonius. Polonius is, in many ways, a perversely sympathetic character, and Murray's depiction of a tired man and a loving father seems about right.
-Hawke does a passably good job with the monologues, especially 'to be' etc. As a lot of reviews seem to note, this monologue is delivered in a Borders video store, which I think worked pretty well. You have that sense of contrast between the lofty sentiment and the prosaic surroundings.
-At first, Stiles seems ideally suited for an Ophelia. Her constantly opaque, distracted expression and monotone delivery work well - while she's still sane.
-I like this interpretation of the ghost. You can see a certain amount of ambivalence in the way it threatens and terrifies Hamlet, rather than just appealing to his sympathies. The actor also does a fairly good job.
-The film tends to butcher the language which should be its foundation. Way too many lines are delivered offscreen as the camera is panning around (a problem in a lot of modern Shakespeares), and visual effect displaces the words. A lot of important lines are also delivered without the proper emphasis. You wonder if the director is even familiar with the time-honored practice of having the camera focus on the character who is speaking.
-Two crucial scenes, Ophelia's death and the final duel, are just plain butchered.Read more ›
Apart from all this, and of course the play itself and its ideas the language of it, which have obviously proved superb over the test of time, you have to give the makers credit for not just dropping the story into Manhattan in the year 2000 but also for genuinely and creatively following through on that with a commitment to work in especially the various media with which we communicate today.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While this rendition of Hamlet does a good job of giving us more Ophelia, it completely omits a lot of the more important aspects of Shakespeare's work. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
The negative reviews are from pretentious/Eurocentric Brits who hate to see a Shakespeare adaptation so American and so ...good. Plain and simple. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Adam
By far my favorite rendition of Hamlet. It's so funny, it takes place in NYC in the year 2000, while the set design is simply timeless and modern, the technology is of course... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cuppa Joe
Couldn't make it 10 minutes through this pretentious rubbish. Talking in ye ole euro linguistic? Whatever, lame. Give me some good ole english.Published 4 months ago by TheVileViolentViolet
Let's just say that I wrote an entire essay about the issues with this movie. The only reason this film is getting 2 stars from me is because Julia Stiles was fantastic as Ophelia... Read morePublished 5 months ago by WhtabtBOB
I absolutely hated this version of Hamlet--everything about it. From the acting to the setting to the music. Read morePublished 9 months ago by lk
I dislike Hamlets but I try to chug them down like I would fish oil.
Much to my surprise... this Hamlet rocks!!!! Read more
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