Hamlet Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 6217

Average Rating: 2.6/4

# of Ratings: 27

Theatrical Release Date: 05/12/2000

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Romance

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Michael Almereyda

Actors: Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Diane Venora, Sam Shepard, Bill Murray, Liev Schreiber

Plot: The Gen X adaptation of Hamlet stars Ethan Hawke has the brooding Prince of Denmark -- "Denmark" being a big corporation in contemporary NYC and Hawke the slacker son of the dead CEO. -- Topher

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Rating of
3/4

Topher - wrote on 06/14/2009

A whimpering, self-indulgent Gen X film of high caliber, this modern adaptation of Hamlet features Ethan Hawke, whose performance best captures the melacholy, indecisive and brooding aspects of Hamlet's character. That said, he lacks the energetic madness and cleverness of other performances. Set in New York during the late 90's, with Denmark as a large corporation instead of a small medieval country, this movie may offend a few pedantic "purists" who insist upon seeing Shakespeare in some pukey costume drama period piece. The recasting into modern analogies is a bit clunky in this version, but that's mostly because Hamlet comes off as a bit of a pathetic hipster, hiding behind his camcorder and fancying himself artistic.

Rating of
4/4

The SHC - wrote on 03/05/2009

Extremely Underated movie. Ethan Hawke was perfect as the mad/not mad Prince of Denmark.

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