Action / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 76%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 20813

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December 23, 2011 at 12:29 AM


Mel Gibson as Hamlet
Glenn Close as Gertrude
Ian Holm as Polonius
802.48 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 15 min
P/S 2 / 30

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by PWNYCNY 10 / 10

Outstanding rendition of the Shakespeare classic.

On the surface, one might reasonably conclude that Mel Gibson and Glenn Close starring in Hamlet may be some kind of joke, a parody of the Shakespeare play, but there is no joke. This movie is for real and both Mr. Gibson and Ms. Close give commanding performances in their respective roles. This movie is proof that when given quality material under excellent direction, talented actors will flourish. The rest of the cast is stellar too, but this movie squarely revolves around the two lead characters and if their performances fail, then the whole movie fails. In recent years, Mel Gibson's reputation has taken hits, but there can be no denying that he is a gifted actor and in this movie presents a novel, dynamic interpretation of Hamlet that brings new life to the character, transforming a brooding young man into a man of action who takes charge and pays the price, wherein lays the tragedy. For Hamlet is a tragedy. However, unlike previous renditions of the play, which focus on the murky and somber, this rendition is lit up, the characters are active, Gertrude is young and beautiful, all of which make the ending even more provocative and powerful. This movie should have been nominated for an Academy Award in every major category; that it wasn't is perplexing. All in all, this movie represents another triumph for Franco Zefirrelli, once again who proves that Shakespeare can be produced for the screen, if you do it right.

Reviewed by Tweekums 9 / 10

Mad Mel plays the Dane

Hamlet, a Danish prince, is not happy… his father has recently died and his mother has married his uncle, Claudius who is now king, less than two months later. Not long after this he is visited by the ghost of his father who tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius. Hamlet swears that he will avenge his father. This being a Shakespeare tragedy it won't surprise anybody that by the time it is over just about all of the protagonists will lie dead.

I think that this was the first film version of a Shakespeare play that I watched and I really enjoyed it. The Shakespearian language isn't difficult to follow, especially after one has got used to its rhythm. Mel Gibson does an impressive job as Hamlet; one can really believe that he is descending into madness and he can certainly handle the action in the final sword fighting scene. The supporting cast is full of familiar faces; Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm and a young Nathaniel Parker to name a few... they all do an impressive job but it is Helena Bonham Carter who stands out for her portrayal of the tragic Ophelia; her breakdown after the death of her father and her apparent abandonment by Hamlet is almost painful to watch as it performed so well. While this is famously a tragedy that doesn't mean it there aren't moments of comedy which are still funny four hundred years after they were written. Director Franco Zeffirelli has cut down the script somewhat so that even though it is still over hours old it never drags and I didn't feel as if I was missing something… of course had a seen other versions first I may have felt differently. Overall I'd definitely recommend this anybody; it is a fine introduction to Shakespeare that makes it accessible without the need to modernise it.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

An effectively glum retelling of the Shakespeare play

Mel Gibson's HAMLET is a perfectly acceptable 1990s retelling of the Shakespeare play, eclipsed only by Kenneth Branagh's lavish 4-hour epic version that was later put out in 1996. I had the pleasure of seeing the Branagh film at the cinema back in the day, and it's still one of my favourite Shakespeare adaptations. By comparison, this version feels a little glum and subdued, although it's still perfectly watchable.

One of the things that stands out about this HAMLET is that it has a gloomy and grey look to it; the sort of film that makes you feel the chill while watching. It's set in a forbidding grey stone castle for the most part and feels a lot like both Polanski's MACBETH and IN THE NAME OF THE ROSE. Gibson is a good choice for lead and successfully captures the character's anguish and a descent into madness, while the supporting cast are all very good too with Alan Bates and Ian Holm particularly shining. The film has just the right running time and stages all of the big moments with relish, ending on a high note despite the tragedy of the situation.

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