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Hamlet (2009)

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

A thrilling version of the Bard's classic tragedy.

Movie NR 2010 182 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

A Mildly Disturbing Masterpiece

RSC keeps almost every line of dialogue in the Shakespearean tragedy. So when it comes to inappropriate's exactly as listed in the Bard's famous script. The performances by Tennant, Stewart and Mariah Gale are phenomenal. While that makes the film incredibly engaging, it also makes it very disturbing. Overall, the plot is gripping and the acting great. The cinematography is wonderful, my one complaint is that the costume department could use some work. I started reading the Shakespearean tragedies when I was eleven, but I wouldn't recommend it. This rendition bears all the linguistic complexity of the original (dialogue which, even beautifully rendered, is enough to baffle most adults), with frighteningly beautiful performances and gut wrenching emotions.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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Is It Any Good?

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This lengthy film is worth watching all the way to terrible tragic finale. In what was originally a TV movie, this classic tale is transported to modern times by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Here, the complicated revenge plots and counterplots employ swords and daggers as well as pistols. These modern touches make the scenes look familiar, but the language remains the same. Some viewers may have struggled with Shakespeare's beautiful poetry in school, but it leaps off the screen when delivered by these powerful performers. Tennant is especially fun to watch as he mugs for the camera and alarms other characters while seemingly in the throes of madness. His goofy faces are tinged with despair, revealing the depths of Hamlet's misery.

That's important because Hamlet is not only one of Shakespeare's most famous stories, it's also one of his longest, and this production clocks in at just over three hours. If viewers start getting distracted, feel free to take a break then come back for the exciting conclusion.

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