Nonsense, the BBC's version is "full-text."
Hamlet is a Young prince. Mr. Branagh is far too mature (old?) to play this part. He seemed to always realize he was acting. The rest of the cast was wonderful. I truly enjoyed seeing Heston, Lemon, Williams and the rest in roles one would Never expect. Listen to the director's commentary, if nothing else, and have a laugh or two. In the end, I was very disappointed mainly because the lead character was so off.
As the only motion picture to film the entire play, Branagh's film is a crowning achievement. The stark background throughout the palace reflects Hamlet's maddening obsession with morality and actions as strictly black and white with no in-between. The mirrors emphasize the theme of watching throughout the play. Branagh's Hamlet is amusing and shows a playfulness in his acts of convincing the court he is insane, without coming off as childishly moody (a fine line that other actors portraying Hamlet have crossed).The other characters are brilliantly cast, with actors such as Kate Winslet and Robin Williams adding depth and complexity to their respective characters.
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.
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