Exciting, Alive and Vibrant
Reviewed by criddic2 for Hamlet at 2009-08-24 03:43:17
This is the only uncut version of Shakespeare's play committed to film. As such, it is a relief to find it done so well. While not all of the star-studded cast fit too easily (Jack Lemmon is a bit ill-at-ease in a brief bit), but others fare quite well (Heston, Crystal). Excellent production design, and great performances from Branagh, Winslet, Jacobi and Christie. If you fear the 4 hour running time, the Gibson version is fine. But if you want great cinema, this is the best version.
Reviewed by shanahan for Hamlet at 2009-04-18 16:18:03
FOUR BONES? Have you been at the dognip? This thing is ghastly! Hamlet swinging on a chandelier across the room in the final scene? Give me a break - or a poison-tipped sword. This is like a Corman send-up of Shakespeare, without any of the humor. See Mel Gibson do his wired Prince, Nicol Williamson do his haunted Prince. (Skip Olivier's self-aggrandizing Prince-as-Young-Werther.) But stay away from this bizarrely inadvertent parody: Prince-as-Doug-Fairbanks.
I've seen many Fan versions of SWI and they are better than Lucas' version. I liked the movie as it gives good back story to many characters that I loved in the Classic Trilogy. Jar Jar is not as bad as some people suggest, the voice is terrible, but the character is annoying at worst. I hope some one will do a Re-imagining of SWI someday.
Jar Jar Binks. Need I write more? After waiting so many years for more installments in the "Star Wars" series, fans are disappointed with a childlike, naive, lame story, lame characters, lame dialogue. This film contains tons of positive elements and much potential, but is bad on so many other levels it's ridiculous. Couldn't Lucas surround himself with staff that would force him to realize what parts sucked? I don't get it. Can't wait for someone to remake this film.