Of all the plays that William Shakespeare has written, none are as iconic as Hamlet. The tale of the troubled Prince of Elsinore has stood the test of time, resonating through four centuries worth of various stage and screen interpretations and endless analysis from scholars (among countless others) worldwide. While the world of live theater may have provided opportunities to present The Bard.s work in its entirety, its cinematic cousin has been little more than kin and less than kind.
Even in the most accomplished of motion picture adaptations, namely Laurence Olivier.s 1948 Best Picture winner, much of the play was condensed or even removed altogether. When it comes to a movie adaptation, truncation does make sense. After all, a full-length film version of Hamlet would undoubtedly run three and a half hours or longer which is the modern-day financial kiss of death