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.