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Fruits Basket (2001)
Amazing piece of work full of emotions
This is a great piece of work full of emotions. The characters are real and believable, both with strengths and flaws. Tohru is such a sweet girl even though she's been through so much. She is so kind-hearted that she seems to transform Kyo and Yuki so that they can be together without fighting. Her friends Uo-chan and Hana-chan are very protective of her, and they show what true friends are really about. Even though Kyo and Yuki are so different, they are actually quite similar without realizing it. Beneath their shields of tough guy and coolness (respectively), they are really caring people. They just want an ordinary life. Shigure is quite laid-back, but he is a really caring person who can be serious when needed to be.
When the family members cursed by spirits are hugged by someone of the opposite sex, they turn into animals. What's wrong with that? Well, even though it sounds like it's no big deal, even fun, there's more to it than that.
This is an anime with real-life situations that we can all relate to. All Kyo wants is to belong, to fit in in his family that scorns him. Yuki is calm and popular, but beneath that he's hiding a dark secret. Even though Momiji is so sweet and happy all the time, he has a sad story that will definitely make you cry.
This is a story about family relationships, wanting to belong, and wanting not to forget. It is full of human emotions like humour, love, jealousy, and sadness. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry, this is an amazing anime.
A bit too over the top
This movie is not bad for a study on the play as the scenes follow the order in the original play. However, I feel that it is too close to the play and too over the top. Branagh put almost every single line that Shakespeare wrote into the film, which makes it difficult to understand. As Hamlet, Branagh tries too much to stick to the pentameter, making his speeches sound unnatural, like he's reciting something instead of talking. I like the way the difficult lines are cut out in the Mel Gibson version.
I also find that Hamlet is a bit too emotional (cries too much). I do understand that given his situation, he would be a bit unstable. But Branagh did his emotions a bit too much.
The ghost scene is over the top. So is the scene when he's yelling at Ophelia. I like the idea of the one-sided mirror, but he shouldn't have shot the scene from the glass side. The scene is not supposed to be funny, but it's hard to resist laughing at the shot of Ophelia's face squashed against the glass.
I think Hamlet is a bit too old. I imagine him to be in his twenties, not thirty to forty. His goatee is a bit unnecessary, so is his white-blonde hair that makes him even older. Claudius looks too nice to be a scheming rat who's always drunk. He looks like he could be a Santa Claus.
I do like the fact that they changed the time to more modern style, and the costumes and the set are well done--correct to the time period and eye-pleasing. I also like the fact that they played out the scenes when someone reference to a scene not in the play (like the murder, the love scene), so that it's easier to visualize. As for the love scene, no, Shakespeare never said that there ever was something that close between Hamlet and Ophelia, that's the director's interpretation, which is fine. It makes it that it would be even harder for either of them to accept the "break-up".
Overall, it's a good film to watch for studying the play, but not too great as entertainment.