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This review is from: Hamlet (DVD)This film has many problems, bad cuts, miscasting, etc. - but I'll limit myself to Mel Gibson here. This is the most ridiculous Hamlet I've ever seen. Mel plays him with swaggering machismo (the only thing he is capable of) and it is wrong, wrong, wrong. Hamlet is a passive-aggressive type; he is indirect in everything he does. Laurence Olivier's is a good example as to how he should be played. Gibson's doesn't even make any sense.
And as far as the cuts, they're particularly bad here, but everyone does it. Olivier cuts quite a bit out of it himself.
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Initial post: Mar 6, 2010 5:11:51 PM PST
I would say Gibson's Hamlet is problematic and lacking much-needed nuance, but I would not say there is a precise right and wrong way to interpret the role of Hamlet. That's one of the marvels of Shakespeare's genius, that there is room in these characters to bring different interpretations to life.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2013 10:14:56 PM PDT
Well, Cade, I would agree - I just don't think Gibson works here. Some interpretations just don't make sense, and this is one of them.
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