Hamlet [2009]

Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince:

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest! (V.II: 344-345)

BBC’s adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance of Hamlet starring David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie, and more.

Hamlet is my favorite play after The Merchant of Venice and The Winter’s Tale. This adaptation is probably the best adaptation of Hamlet I’ve ever seen, beats Kenneth Branagh’s and Mel Gibson’s. David Tennant performs the role of Hamlet in an unbelievable way, a Hamlet that Shakespeare would be proud of. He does maniacal, revenge-thirsty, neurotic, brat really well. There’s something about his face that’s just mindblowing. Patrick Stewart also does an excellent job as King Claudius, a scheming, power hungry, murderous king/uncle. And of course Penny Downie nails the role of a distraught, heartbroken mother and queen.

The performance is excellent the dialogue is great, it stays faithful to the original play while also being creative in it’s own way. I’d definitely recommend watching this, even if you’re not a fan of Shakespeare it serves as an excellent gateway to hardcore real Shakespeare tragedies.


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