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The 3rd film version of Hamlet staring Mel Gibson varies in many ways to original play The Tragedy of Hamlet The film version starts out with the morbid funeral of Hamlet the deceased king of Denmark Joining fellow mourners was Hamlets son Hamlet and Gertrude Hamlet Srs former wife This conflicts with the play for the first scene shows the ghost of the king while the guards keep watch In the film we do not see this scene for a good fifteen to twenty minutes or so And when the apparition does show up it is all in one night where Hamlet is present the first time we see the ghost To keep an audience at a movie you must follow some sort of flow that keeps the audience in their seats I see how the ghost could have been the first seen but it does not give any time to develop the sorrow Hamlet felt after the lost of his father In the play the reason for Hamlets moping around is not clearly defined by his fathers death being the main cause In the movie we see Hamlets angerdepression in stages First it is his fathers death Then it is the fact that his mother and Claudius Hamlets uncle married so quickly Next there was the implication of evil doing by Claudius Finally comes the death of Ophelia Hamlets love interest in the story In the play version we start the story with some flashback but most of these events have happened already This follows in conjunction why the director probably added the funeral and delayed the ghost scene I feel its purpose was to spread out the semi-climatic points so we the audience can be interested in finding out what happens next After seeing the movie I never realized Hamlet and his mother were so close in that sexual way before On two occasions does Gertrude kiss Hamlet on
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