#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Hamlet returns to Denmark when his father, the King, dies. His mother Gertrude has already married Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, the new King. They urge Hamlet to marry his beloved Ophelia. But soon the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and Gertrude. Hamlet must choose between passive acquiescence and the need for a vengeance which might lead to tragedy.
Plot: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.
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Hamlet – Possibly the greatest play of all time and Zeffirelli and DeVore butchered it into an incoherent and unmoving series of events with flat characters who act without any apparent motivations. For example, Horatio (in the play) is the model of friendship and yet, we have no sense of that relationship between him and Hamlet. And what of poor Ophelia? Why did she go insane? Who Knows? She shows no true feelings for Hamlet except annoyance and fear. Her father treats her like a dog. She seems to love her brother, Laertes, and he is safe in France so what’s there to go mad about? Polonius is just a jerk and there is no indication of his political motives and fawning manipulations. The Ghost is a weepy shadow of his former self and conveys none of the anger or horror of his own murder.
So here you have weak, flat and uninteresting characters in a script that can only be described as a jumbled perversion of the original. (“Get thee to a nunnery” during the play?!?!) One is forced to laugh in many places where laughter is not intended (“Meet it is I set it down…”), but it is a bitter laugh at best. Unbelievable. I must find great fault in the direction, also. How Zeffirelli can misuse such accomplished actors as Ian Holm and Paul Scofield is beyond me. Also Michael Maloney (who was able to read a line with honest conviction of his character despite the director) was so appallingly underused that one could only feel sorry for him. This is exactly the type of Shakespeare that you were exposed to in high school. You remember those days. Long, mind-numbing readings of Romeo and Juliet followed by that horrible Olivia Hussey film? It was enough to make you hate the Bard. Rent Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet. It is infinitely superior to Zeffirelli’s. Branagh’s passion for the play is more than evident and his skill in bringing it to the screen is unsurpassed. Branagh exemplifies why Shakespeare’s work has survived so long. Zeffirelli illustrates why high school kids see it as an endurance trial.
Entertaining – Do not compare it to Branagh
And vice versa.
Hamlet is, to me, the greatest work in the English language. It dares us to look at the truth of our own mortality and at the same time consider right vs wrong.
Branagh’s choice was to present the entire play, Zefirelli chose to compress it for the screen. Each choice has its merits. I like Branagh’s version too and I think it’s a mistake to compare the 2 versions or add a comparison to Olivier either. Judge each on its own merits.
Looking at this film, Mel Gibson is simply great. His Hamlet is obviously someone with a zest for life and a sense of humor who is completely stunned by the events at the opening of the film and thrown even more off kilter by his father’s ghost. All I can say is, I love the way he plays it. The other players are excellent as well. I’ve never particularly liked Glenn Close’s looks, but she’s a great actress. Helena is my favorite Ophelia ever. And Alan Bates is superb.
I’ve never quite accepted the theory that Hamlet can’t make up his mind. Just reading the play one sees Hamlet go from a thirst for blood to messing around with a fencing match because Claudius placed a bet on it. How to explain this? What we are seeing is a bright, brilliant mind going through a nervous breakdown and then regaining sanity.
You HAVE TO understand, too, that Hamlet can’t just go stick a sword in his popular uncle and say his father’s ghost told him to do it. Pay attention and it’s clear that he needs more than just the word of the ghost and this limits his choices. After the visit from his father’s ghost Hamlet seems to be not just feigning madness but literally out of his mind, he’s not in control. Hamlet tells us that one reason not to commit suicide is that God has outlawed that choice. If Hamlet accepts that from God, how can he commit murder, even if his father’s ghost tells him to? Hamlet’s “antic disposition” at the Mousetrap is not an act. And Gibson’s Hamlet really is off his rocker when he rails at his mother and accidentally kills Polonius. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are victims of this madness as well.
The Hamlet who comes back from England isn’t charging back to Denmark for revenge, is he? He hardly mentions it. To me, at this point Hamlet HAS made up his mind. He has resigned himself to the fact that he does not want to be a killer and he is going to take things a day at a time. Gibson plays it with this sense of resignation. He still has his intelligence and sense of humor, he’s regained control of himself. He is swept into the duel with Laertes willy-nilly, there is no more strategy for killing the king. He’s almost beginning to enjoy life again as the duel starts. He even tells Laertes that he was crazy when Polonius was killed and says it wasn’t the real Hamlet who did that. It’s not until Gertrude is poisoned and Laertes tells Hamlet he is doomed that he explodes with rage again and doubly kills Claudius. His father’s murder isn’t the reason for this act, it’s rage at Claudius for the deaths of Getrude, Laertes, and Hamlet himself.
Hamlet’s fatal flaw isn’t indecision, it’s his humanity, intelligence, and his conscience. That’s the human being that Shakespeare created and Gibson brings to life.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 15 min (135 min)
Director Franco Zeffirelli
Writer William Shakespeare (based on the play by), Christopher De Vore (screenplay by), Franco Zeffirelli (screenplay by)
Actors Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield
Country USA, UK, France
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
Production Company Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1 (original ratio), 1.78 : 1 (Blu-Ray ratio), 1.85 : 1 (theatrical and DVD ratio)
Laboratory Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm