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Hamlet (2009)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  23 April 2010 (USA)
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The RSC puts a modern spin on Shakespeare's Hamlet in this filmed-for-television version of their stage production. The Prince of Denmark seeks vengeance after his father is murdered and his mother marries the murderer.



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The RSC puts a modern spin on Shakespeare's Hamlet in this filmed-for-television version of their stage production. The Prince of Denmark seeks vengeance after his father is murdered and his mother marries the murderer.

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Rather plastic transfer of RSC & West End production
27 December 2009 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Full marks for effort - a 3 hour adaptation of Hamlet for television broadcast at 5pm on a public Holiday. This production was well received on stages from Stratford to London but I'm not sure that it works on the small screen. It is unclear from the BBC site whether Gregory Doran was also directing for TV, but the actors don't have the same sense of a magnetic north for the audience.

This is a particular issue for David Tennant's wired Hamlet whose relentless motion seems caused by trying to find the camera (indeed, it often is with a half-hearted CCTV idea dripping through the production). I didn't mind Tennant but he doesn't have a grounded centre, no protected mien of gravitas. He most certainly has not 'of late lost all my mirth'. Consequently, no single speech quite grips you. He is entertaining and it's difficult to really pin down those shortcomings in his excellent exchanges with Oliver Ford Davies' Polonius... although Ford Davies is in a different league of acting, co- occupied only by Penny Downie's Gertrude, played as an acrid but sexually appealing mother/queen. Patrick Steart is good but not overwhelming. With the exception of the irresistible histrionics of Mariah Gale's Ophelia the rest of the cast are a bit weak, never really creating their own characters. Maybe this is a downside to the one cast doubling parts which one notices less on the stage.

The big problem for me in the play is the sudden change of temperament in Hamlet as he moves into the final quarter: 'from this time forth, let my thoughts be bloody or nothing worth' to 'Alas, poor Yorick!'. This production doesn't manage this change well, especially given that it involves the only location/outdoor shoot of the film.

Too much 'actorliness' here but there was plenty to chew over with occasionally startling ideas (a twist to Gertrude's demise, for example). 4/10

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