"Revealing Ukraine" by Igor Lopatonok continues investigations on of the ongoing Ukrainian crisis following "Ukraine on Fire". In addition, it analyzes the current political backstage and its dangerous potential for the world.
Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
As a rebellious and motherless child, Ophelia is taken into Elsinore Castle by Queen Gertrude as one of her most trusted ladies-in-waiting. Soon enough, Ophelia captures the affections of the young Prince Hamlet. A passionate romance kindles between the 2 in secret as the kingdom is on the brink of war amidst its own political intrigue and betrayal. When Hamlet's father is murdered and the prince's wits begin to unravel into an insatiable quest for vengeance, Ophelia sharply navigates the rules of power in Denmark all while struggling to choose between her true love and her own life.
I was very pleasantly surprised how well this movie fits into the plot of 'Hamlet'. It makes complete sense despite dramatically changing who Ophelia is and what her role in the events is. This Ophelia doesn't see everything that happens in the play -- why would she have? And the movie introduces a major new character not in the play, but it is one whom Hamlet might well not have known or deemed important enough to notice. It really worked quite well.
The acting was solid. Daisy Ridley was adequate to the job at hand. Far more interesting were Clive Owens as a lusty, dangerous Claudius and Naomi Watts as a more interesting Gertrude than usual. And it makes sense that Ophelia might view those two people and interact with them differently than did Hamlet.
My main quibble was minor. The moviemakers felt the need to ramp up the violence at the end, as if the play was not bloody enough. But that did provide a nice contrast to the pastoral post-play coda of the film.
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