This is a valiant effort at a modern-day version of the Dickens classic, though I've only read half the novel, the part I have read is indeed very similar to the story line in this film--more than just the "basic story line." However Charles Dickens actually wrote two endings to his famous novel, one happier than the other. Now I'm compelled to go read the edition I have, which contains both endings. I can't wait!
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.
Bridget Jones is the cheerleader for singletons around the world!
The movie is not as good as the book...big surprise! However, I think the movie manages to stand on its own and is a valentine to singletons everywhere!
Smug married people make me sad!