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Might have worked better on stage
Not having seen the stage performance, I can only comment on the DVD version. And, while having some nice touches, the filmed version just doesn't really work as it seems to be stuck between two mediums: a filmed stage production and an attempt to actually create a film version.
Some of the touches that try to exploit the film medium work, such as the CCTV footage, though only at times. It is a neat touch during the first appearance of the ghost and also when Hamlet tears down a camera to be alone during the "Rogue and Peasant Slave" soliloquy. Most other times it seemed an odd interruption used solely to break up the static visuals. Same goes for Hamlet filming the Mousetrap, which just seems like an odd choice thrown in to make it seem more film-y.
Having the characters face the camera and breaking the fourth wall sits rather uncomfortably as it isn't done with enough consistency. Implicating the viewer as a direct audience has to have a real good reason and that just isn't given in most of Hamlet's soliloquies or when other characters try to draw us in.
The acting, as well, seems to be more for the stage than for the camera and thus seems a bit over the top, such as Hamlet's histrionics and Claudius' elaborate shrug upon drinking the poisoned wine. I am sure this played better on stage. Tennant, especially, is not subtle enough most of the times, hindered by blocking that apparently comes right out of the stage production.
What I found intriguing was that it's one of the Hamlets that moves "To be or not to be..." to Act II, an interesting change that can make sense if presented correctly and it made sense here.
So, all in all, a credible take on Hamlet, but I feel the director and producers should have decided on either producing a full-scale film version or a filmed version of the stage production. As it is, it tries to straddle both mediums and falls short on either side. Branagh's 1996 version still stands as the ultimate filmed Hamlet for me.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
I went into Matrix Reloaded with average expectations - and boy was I let down.
I went into Matrix Revolutions with very low expectations - just how did they manage to let me down yet again?
I can't find a single redeeming quality. The characters (what "characters") were non-existent. The story? Pseudo-philosophical rubbish. At least they were clever with the original Matrix, taking little tidbits from all kinds of sources and giving it a nice twist. But this was pure bullshit, no point at all. The dialogue - come on, I nearly fell asleep.
And the much-praised special effects? They just failed to impress me at all. And worse, touch me at all. They weren't that great at all in the first place, and they were so over the top, not even in an imaginative way, I just ceased to care. I might as well have sat in front of my computer - it was a sad video game at it's worst.
I sure hope this will be the last Matrix, but somehow doubt it. Personally I'll stick to the 1st Matrix and pray I'll someday forget these... abominations. As subtle as a kick in the face. The Wachowskis think they're the cleverest thing since pre-cut bread... well, they aren't. 1 out of 10 (wish there was a 0).
One word: WOW
Yes, Star Wars is back! After having been bitterly disappointed by Episode 1, I was blown away by Attack of the Clones. This is Star Wars how we love it, good story, dazzling effects, great moments of humor (especially Obi-Wan), great characters and the overall feeling - this is it! Really good were all the little references to the original trilogy, and a set of characters that will seem familiar ;)
Thank god this movie doesn't concentrate on Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) alone, but it's actually divided between him and Obi-Wan. After an assassination attempt on Senator Amidala (Natalie Portman), Anakin is sent to Naboo with her to provide security, while Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) is trying to find who is behind this scheme.
Thank you George Lucas for limiting Jar Jar Bink's screen time, thank you for exploring characters dear to us (especially Yoda, watch out Bruce Lee), CP-3O and R2 D2 are back to their own selves (or actually they are it for the first time) and thank you for bringing back the Star Wars Magic.
Episode 2 is structured a lot like The Empire Strikes Back was, and it works great.
Only 2 negative points: 1. The love scenes. Too long, too many, and, well, too chliché. 2. Hayden Christensen - he didn't manage to convince me. No depth, too superficial a portrayal. Ewan McGregor shows what he can much better in Ep 2, and really makes Obi-Wan come alive.
But all in all - GO WATCH IT! Plus, purple lightsabres RULE!