I have come to acknowledge and accept my mental illness for some time now. For the most part I have…
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.
Film #64 of Project 90
”If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, absent thee from felicity awhile and in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain to tell my story.”
Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s groundbreaking and iconic play may not be as intense as the original work but it is a very gorgeous film that pleases the eye and with Branagha’s energetic directing and some spectacular performances from a top-class ensemble it is in fact a solid and enjoyable cinematic version of a legendary piece of literature. Even though Hamlet runs for almost four hours but there is enough drama in this timeless tragedy to enchant us and Branagh’s accurate understanding of characters and themes…
Just terrific. Watching this again really did it for me. Branagh's Hamlet is a terrific adaptation and a triumphant film that utilizes the possibilities of the source material to full effect. The set design is immaculate, the cinematography is beautiful , and the scope is stunning (oh what I would give to see this in 70mm).
This is the perfect Hamlet for me: it combines the bard's exquisite work with the stylistic sensibilities of a true epic film. Marvelous.
One of my 1000 recommended films.
I go through phases of liking this film a lot, and then thinking it is far too long, self-indulgent, and weirdly cast.
Kenneth Branagh, back in 1996, was still being touted as the new Olivier. He'd appeared on screen in Henry V (under his own direction) and Othello (under the direction of Oliver Parker, as Iago).
This version of Hamlet was his third Shakespeare film adaptation as director, following Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing, and since Hamlet he has made versions of Love's Labour's Lost and As You Like It.
To say this is a full-text version of the play would not be exaggerating. In fact, in his eagerness to stay faithful…
The cinematography...good lord, the cinematography...
Mirrored doors, sumptuous chambers and winter land. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, decomposing behind the facade. Gone are the dark cellars, Gothic arches and desolate bastions; murder and deceit occur in brightly lit, candy-coloured rooms. Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet is not a pathetic figure either, this is a man who could, and will, change the destiny of his nation. This is The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark as envisioned by a bold and ambitious artist.
As a director, Branagh’s stylistic flourishes are often beautiful and only rarely gaudy. For instance, the first appearance of the ghost of Hamlet's late-father is bad enough to make you cringe; the very next scene, however, is pure cinematic wonder. Reflections and…
This was much better than I expected.
Despite having enjoyed Kenneth Branagh's other Shakespeare adaptation, Henry V the 4 hour runtime on his version of Hamlet left me a little nervous. Now, I tend to like long movies, and considering my favorite film of all time has a 4 hour length, this fact really shouldn't have put me off. I was afraid it would be too drawn out and boring, but thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised with the film. While it does drag in places, Hamlet is ultimately a very captivating film that kept me interested for the entire time. The performances are excellent, especially from Branagh, who is equally as good behind the camera. The production design and costumes…
Best Hamlet ever.
The swirling camera (70mm!, but, alas, I saw this on my DVD for the umpteenth time) captures the public and the personal in equal rotten measure within Denmark.
There are hokey elements, but everything about this adaptation works for me ultimately because it nails the up and down nature of Hamlet's character. He is as much a jokester as he is a depressive. His humor (Mercutio-esque) is fueled by his morbid fascinations, and because of that, I'm never not glued when he is on screen.
I have immense respect for Shakespeare. His stories are so fun if you zoom out and look at the big picture of them. His dialogue, however, leaves me weary most of the time. I just can't get into it for the most part. I hate to say "It's just so much talking about nothing." because the emotion is in the dialogue, it just seems unnecessary for me.
There are some dialogues that I am really engaged in, perhaps most credit is due to the actors. Kenneth Branagh makes a great Hamlet. He captures the spontaneity and madness needed.
Shoutout to a fantastic performance by Charlton Heston too. He commands the screen and you believe that this character is a legendary actor.
This film is a masterpiece, simply one of the greatest triumphs in the history of the screen.
Branagh is as good an adaptor of Shakespeare to screen as there is ever been. While I don't like a few of the smaller choices here, there's no question that his view of the big picture is spot on. The cast is perfect, the cinematography magnificent, and score wonderful.
The cinematography definitely stands out. Branagh has a way of using long shots to reveal as much about characters and motivations as they do of setting. That's utilized wonderfully here, most notably in the "To be or not to be" scene, but also in many others.
Una locura de película. Una locura de guión adaptado. Una locura de caracterizaciones y escenarios. Una locura de interpretaciones. Una locura de duración. Una maravillosa locura.
Four hours of Shakespearean perfection.
A dedicação de Kenneth Branagh em apresentar as obras de Shakespeare ao longo de muitos anos acabaram por lhe render a alcunha de expert. Portanto esta adaptação de Hamlet é o trabalho cuidadoso de um ator, e diretor, especialista no que está apresentando.
O que veremos é uma linda produção de cenários, locações, figurinos, uma trilha sonora que é eficiente ao mesmo tempo que é muito discreta, uma direção de fotografia elegante, que é certeira em seus objetivos e ambiciosa em seu registro em 65mm. Todo este primor de produção está à altura das interpretações de um grande elenco de atores competentes, sem qualquer exceção. É um texto denso, longo, e que somente apoiado na erudição e talento…
eh, this was ok.
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