Saturday, December 24, 2011

Day 22

Movie: Hamlet
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Bill Murray
Genre: Drama
Year: 2000
Format: tv edit

Plot: Hamlet is being haunted by his father's ghost. He needs to expose the fact his uncle is the killer but is unable to. At the same time, his own relationships are falling apart

This is an updated version of the classic story of Hamlet, set in a modern time and introduces the idea that they are a corporation.  

What I saw was a television edit that had been cut for time and content.   The base stories of Hamlet and Ophelia were still in tact, as were the main plot of his mother marrying his uncle and the madness it causes for Hamlet. 
I felt like the first half hour was dry and a bit misjointed, but I'm going to put that down to it having been edited for television; as the movie started to feel more intuned and tighter after that half hour mark. 
I liked the idea that in almost every scene there were mirrors or windows of some kind, and in most of Hamlet's scenes the news was on showing a war happening or a scene from a movie that was particularly violent.   It helped to express his distress. 

What do I think I learned from this film?
All rumours have a dash of truth to them, and passion doesn't play by any rules.

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