Overall Rank: 6217
Average Rating: 2.6/4
# of Ratings: 27
Theatrical Release Date: 05/12/2000
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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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.
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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