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Hamlet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, simply put, the best Hamlet on DVD. Kenneth Branagh clearly put his heart and soul in to every aspect of this production and it shows. His performance is mesmerizing, particularly the "to be or not to be" monologue delivered entirely to his own reflection. I completely disagree that Branagh's Hamlet is insane. I think he is quite the opposite: a calculating, tomented soul who acts mad to hide is deeper motives. For a nut-job Hamlet, watch Mel Gibson's horrible version. The rest of Branagh's players are top-notch, with the exception of Robin Williams....what was he thinking! Julie Christie is perfectly cool and oblivious as Gertrude and one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of our time, Derek Jacobi is brilliant as Claudis. RSC veteran Brian Blessed lends his powerful voice and presence to the Ghost--perfect casting. Kate Winslet shines as Ophelia, making her transition from beautiful ingenue to raving madwoman truly believable. The change of setting didn't bother me in the least. Honestly, when was the last time you saw a Shakespearean play or film that was set in the appropriate time period? Even Much Ado wasn't periodically correct. Nor was Love's Labour's, nor was As You Like It. The final duel bewteen Laertes and Hamlet was brilliantly choreographed, highlighting the athleticism and skill of both actors. And, no, Hamlet couldn't have cut through the thick rope with a foil...but the epees they were using could have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kenneth Branaugh, Kate Winslet, and Julie Christie really carry this movie. Derek Jacoby is inspired as well. Some people do not like the change of time period, but personally I think it adds to the story. Lush costumes and sets and general frivolity add to the tragedy.
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good for my collection!
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AWESOME AWESOME MOVIE. LOVE IT.
Wife More than 1 year ago
I bought this to watch at the same time as studying the written play with my daughter. Kenneth Branagh's movie is the first time that the entire play has been faithfully reproduced word for word on screen. Some of the choices (Robin Williams?) are interesting to say the least and the final scene is different than how I would have staged it, but makes for great discussions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Helps with undrstanding the plot but highly recommend book reading for verification of facts
darkknightlover More than 1 year ago
I was so impressed with this "Hamlet". I saw it in my English class, and I was just blown away. Kenneth Branagh makes Hamlet appear the way he should: not mad or a villain, simply a young and tormented soul who wants to make things right but doesn't know how. This movie captured the emotions, and it was believable when the actors delivered their lines; it didn't sound like they were just reciting memorized material. If you're going to own any classic, this is one that should be in your collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got tired of checking this out at the library for my son every week until his teacher was ready to discuss the play, so I bought it. He saw it over and over because he wanted to be ready to quote it on his AP literature essay. I saw it with him once and began to understand some parts especially with the subtitles. I have trouble with British accents. It's four hours, so take your time with it. I didn't care for the American actors except Billy Crystal who did a great job.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hamlet is without doubt Kenneth Brannaugh's best work in the genre and there is no excuse for this work not to be on DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was fantastic. I absolutely adore Kenneth Branagh. He makes reading Shakespeare all the more exciting. Everyone should watch Hamlet. I enjoy watching it over and over. Bravo to ALL the actors who made this movie a success!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We watched this for school and i love it Alsoit does needto be on DVD