Hamlet (2000


Yet another version of Shakespeare's classic tale, brought right up to date with a modern corporate setting. For those who don't know the story, Hamlet is the son of the head of Denmark. Daddy dies under mysterious circumstances, and daddy's brother takes over everything, including Hamlet's mother. Hamlet learns his father was murdered, and begins his investigations, feigning madness as a cover. This cause problems in his love life. Being a tragedy, expect a lot of deaths...


111 minutes.
No persons under 10 (Violence) .
Drama
By Jove! You ARE growing a beard!
By Jove! You ARE growing a beard!

Credits

Cast
Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Sam Shepard, Diane Venora, Bill Murray, Julia Stiles
Director
Michael Almereyda
ScreenplayMichael Almereyda, based on the play by Willam Shakespeare
MusicCarter Burwell
CinematographyJohn de Borman
Sound formatsDolby Digital
Made in2000
Produced bydouble A films

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Movies for Africa
Ian Douglas
13
Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
10
Cape Argus
Adrian Monteath
5
The Cape Times
Gordon Glyn-Jones
10
The Star
Joanna Rix
16
Die Burger
Herman Wasserman
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
Beeld
Marius Jooste
8
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
16
eye Weekly
Alex Patterson
1
Box Office
Annlee Ellingson
15
Rough Cut
J. Rentilly
18
Total Film
Dan Jolin
5
Film Review
James Cameron-Wilson
10

What the People say

Internet
276 Netizens
13

Average .. 55%

11

Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
M Du Toit (21) 16

Average .. 80%

16

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Very modern and up to date. Lots missing from the script, including the grave diggers. I like Mel Gibson's version, which played as a black comedy, as that is how I interpreted the original. This version is dark, played as a thriller. The writers went to creative lengths to find ways around some of the tricky-to-modernise bits, and generally succeeded. Some holes in the plot (R + G's letter), but in general, this version should be more accessible to a younger audience, if they can tolerate the wordiness.






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