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HAMLET 2000 A film review by Rating out of How brave is it for a director to have the late Hamlets ghost appear in front of a Pepsi vending machine Or have the lead character telling Ophelia to Get thee to a nunnery via a phone answering machine Or maybe the boldest move of all stage the classic To be or not to be soliloquy in a Blockbuster video store In this modern version of Hamlet directed by Michael Almereyda Hamlet returns to New York City to find his father the CEO of the Denmark Corporation to be murdered Suspicions swirl around Hamlets uncle Claudius who has married his late brothers wife Gertrude and assumed the CEO position of Denmark Though this classic production has a small number of strengths and boasts many very talented actors including Ethan Hawke Billy Murray Julia Stiles Diane Venora and Kyle McLachlan this film certainly lacks the dramatic effect in the original play by Shakespeare One of the major problems in this film was the actors Ethan Hawk who was cast in the role of Hamlet because a large chiseled rock was unavailable was simply unimpressive He was bland and unemotional in almost every scene which is in my opinion very dissimilar from the original play With a scraggly bear knitted ski cap grungy clothes and dirty unkempt hair Hamlet would have fit the role of a homeless man than the Prince of Denmark If this was his attempt in gaining the audiences sympathy he certainly fails to do so His performance was simply unimpressive and does not fit or act like the lead character in this film Other performers that also overshoot their roles were Julia Stiles and Bill Murray Cast as Ophelia and her father Polonius neither of these two were appropriate in their roles and just did not suit their characters Julia Stiles did not present the fragile or
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