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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…
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…
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.
The cinematography...good lord, the cinematography...
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…
Kenneth Branagh, also known as Laurence Olivier reincarnate, attempts to adapt Shakespeare’s Hamlet forty eight years after Oliver made it possible to translate the bard to the screen. With almost half a century in between their adaptions there that despite the having the same material there is a lot differing.
Olivier, working in the 40s, draws on German Expressionism and film noir as his film language. He leans towards the darker, more tragic aspects of the play. He revels in Hamlet’s sorrow, grief and existentialism. This makes sense. An audience at that time, Post-World War II, would empathize with the uncertainty and unrest of the atmosphere Olivier creates. Branagh, though working in a very different context makes a valiant and…
I’d always been intimidated by this film’s long running time, but it was clear that now was the right time to check it out for two reasons: firstly, I’ve been obsessing over Shakespeare adaptations lately (that Ethan Hawk thing was not enough to scratch my Hamlet itch), secondly it was announced that Kenneth Branagh would be directing the upcoming Thor movie and I want to catch up on some of his work. I’m glad I worked up the courage to see it because this is possibly the best Shakespeare adaptation I’ve ever seen. Doing an unabridged adaptation of the play seemed silly at first, but now it seems like the only way to do this stuff, I wish more adaptations…
Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet is a massive and ambitious affair, and one should give credit where credit is due. Nearly every line and action is lifted from the original work, bringing the runtime to over four hours long. The setting is brilliantly updated a few centuries into the future, allowing for a unique spin on the costume and art design.
While his performance may have toned down a bit from 1994's Frankenstein, Branagh's portrayal of Hamlet is just too over-the-top at times. It's also deliberately bitter and unsympathetic, bringing the character to near sociopathic behavior. Like the play, there are moments of happiness and sorrow, but fewer and farther between. This is most apparent and problematic with the character of Ophelia,…
The Bard + Kenneth Branagh + 70mm + Patrick Doyle score = Homer Simpson gurgling sound.
Una historia de traición, fantasmas, muertes, venganzas y desamor.
La historia principal fue muy atractiva para mi. Tiene un buen desarrollo (imposible que no lo tenga si se tomó 4 horas) un drama completo donde abundan los tormentos de una familia de la realeza, la venganza de Hamlet pienso que fue de mi mayor agrado aunque esto incluyó un poco de locura en él o así lo hizo parecer para poder lograrlo.
Adoré la actuación de Kate como Ophelia y de Kenneth como Hamlet, la disfruté bastante.
Esta es la primer película que veo basada en la obra de William y quedé encantada tanto por los actores como por su historia principal.
Not only is this one of the best Shakespeare adaptations, but it's fun to play "spot the stunt-casted cameo."
Also, looks great on the big screen in 70mm, where you can see the care Kenneth Branagh took in the framing and camera movements.
A 70mm screening brings out Branagh's clear investment in this material (as if we didn't know already). It's a dynamic adaptation (for the most part), with a necessarily stately look and elegance.
It's unabridged, which does mean the occasional sudden shifts between tragedy and comedy may jar for modern audiences. More jarring, however, are some of the casting choices. Great as Branagh, Jacobi and Winslet might be, the appearances of Lemmon, Crystal and Williams actively remove you from the film. A pity, because proceedings are otherwise lush and involving.
MVP: A tie between Nicholas Farrell's Horatio and Patrick Doyle's score.
Kenneth Branagh's glorious, lavish, and arguably definitive Hamlet adaption, standing at a proud 4 hours and 2 minutes long. I've been wanting to watch this for a while for multiple reasons, not least the talent involved. Seriously, look at this supporting cast: Julie (Mrs. Miller) Christie, Kate Winslet, Billy Crystal, Judi Dench, Charlton Heston, Robin (Rest In Peace) Williams and even more talented individuals bring the bard to life. Most of these celebrity appearances work, while some of them don't as much. The best of them all is Branagh himself as the titular figure. His Hamlet is sarcastic, angry, imperfect and charming, as conveyed in a performance rich in detail and nuance. The design and 70mm photography is beautiful, the dramatic score enhances the film's emotions but never dictates it. Admittedly, there are a few clunky moments, but because of the film's sprawling length they don't bear much prominence, and didn't distract from the overall magnificence on display. 9.5/10
Finally watched the whole thing in one sitting. Four hours... Gorgeous, too faithful and weirdly Errol Flynn like at the end...
Hamlet is a great play that doesn't need me to explain how great it is. And if it is unabridged and well-set with thoughtful production then great work.
But Jesus, Kenneth -- Hamlet's not just a one-tone soliloquy-er. The "How All Occasions Inform Against Me" speech is delivered with as much fucking triumph and bombast as the "What a Piece of Work Is Man" speech. And if I have to hear that fucking "[insert Hamlet's monologue here]" orchestral number one more fucking time in this fucking productively-bloated four-hour fucking glittery rehash/circlejerk of a classic imma go all Elvis Presley up on this TV and see how long the DVD will last when its bits are sleeping in the septic system.
Or I'll, y'know. Turn the movie off.
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