HAMLET is the favorite of mine when it comes to seeing it adapted into film. Alexander Fodor's HAMLET is around
the 70th adaptation of teh William Shakespeare play. I like the different takes on HAMLET. I'm not the biggest
fan of the Mel Gibson one. I like the ones that have Kenneth Branagh or Ethan Hawke as the title character. The
19th century setting for Branagh's whole play version ran at four hours where Hawke;'s wa set in modern day New York.
Now comes Fodor's version where Hamlet is a pawn, Horatio is a woman, Ophelia is a drug addict, and Polonia is Ophelia's older
femme fatale sister (who has Ophelia hooked on the stuffby the way).
This take on Hamlet is interesting despite it's flaws. I didn't like some of the halogenlighting technique
on some of the scenes (it makes everything too washed out and too bright at times). Just don't get me started on some
of the framing of some of the character's faces by showing half of it in the frame instead of full frame. Ophelia's
brother, Lartes, is a brute. I was the least impressed by the guy playing Hamlet even though he is clearly the
pawn in the game played by his father's psychotic ghost who has influence on tjhe living and has a hand in Ophelia's death.
The real stand-outs are the women who play Ophelia, Polonia, and Horatio. Then Claudius is downright fgood in
this one too. Tallulah Sheffield is fantastic as the drug addict version of the character (watch the scenes when
she searches for the drugs after Polona is killed by Hamlet). As for Horatio, the unsaid subtext in the film makes
it seems like she is in love with Hamlet while Polonia makes more sense as a femme fatale than Polonius as Ophelia's father
For those who haven''t seen HAMLET, the plot is simple. Hamlet comes home to Denmark where his father's ghost wants
revenge for his murder at the hands of his brother Claudius (who is now married to Hamlet's mother). Hamlet
is also in love with Ophelia. Hamlet acts quite mad as he tries to reveal the guilt of Claudius (first many think hamlet
is mad because he is in love with Ophelia). HAMLET is hard to miss because many have either seen it as a film
or as a play. I think it is Shakespeare's most famous play. Given the number of times it has been performed
or adapted (for film or TV), I think each adaptation needs to bring something new to it. Fodor's HAMLET brings
many new things to the play in this adaptation including adding a landmine to the grave diggers scene. Now I want to
see HAMLET as a sci-fi film, a horror flick, and film noir. I wasn't a great fan of MACBETH, but staging it as
an Australian gangster film makes that one come alive. I just can't wiat for the next (Hopefully inventive) take
on HAMLET or any Shakespeare play for that matter.
I wish Alexander Fodor did an audio commentary for this one. However, the only extras are twenty-two minutes of
deleted scenes and teh theatrical trailer. The deleted scenes do feature some gems liek the full play that Hamlet has
shown as a film to his family and friends, the full grave diggers scene, and an interrogation scene.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Alexander Fodor's HAMLET is an interetsing and yet flawed take worth checking out for film and
Shakespeare fans alike.