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Oh, it's been too long since I've watched this!
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I love Derek Jacobi's Hamlet so much.

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But Kenneth Branagh's is SO AMAZING. >.

I like the visuals in Branagh's, and I also rather like how the ghost was handled (amazingly creepy), but Branagh himself as Hamlet? Erk. Too over-the-top. I was very fond of Kate Winslet as Ophelia, though, and of Jacobi as Claudius. Also, I didn't think the interpolation of making Hamlet and Ophelia's relationship explicitly sexual was all that effective.

Really? I quite liked him as Hamlet (although I liked him more as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing). He WAS over-the-top, but I kind of liked it that way. The death scene not so much, but some of the monologues were well-delivered and he does bitter/smug rather well. Plus I love how he did the bits where he acts like he's crazy. My favorites though were Derek Jacobi (he's kind of a god of Shakespeare) and especially Nicholas Farrell as Horatio. I find him to be an outstanding actor. :D Oh and the sets were SPECTACULAR. I haven't seen the version you mentioned though, so maybe it's better. The only other movie version I've seen besides Branagh's is the one with Mel Gibson in it, with which I was not all that enthralled. The rest have been live performances, some better than others, but nothing amazing.

...oh, see, I think Horatio in Branagh's film is my least favorite thing, next to Branagh himself in the title role! As for Gibson's, though, nothing is worse than that. I also can't stand the Olivier.

Aaah! I thought he was a good Horatio! Who is your favorite? And yeah, Gibson's was just NO. Olivier as in Lawrence?

Robert Swann in the version I watched this evening (linked above, which is, obviously, my favorite filmed version) is wonderful, but the two best Horatios I've ever seen have both been onstage, and neither one has ever been filmed. Boo :-P

*tears of ultimate sadness* I shall watch this one...

Ooh. I don't think I've seen that one! I'll have to check it out now *loves Hamlet*

By the way, this is istealboyswings adding you on my "new" journal.

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Wish I could've seen him live.

Ohhhhhhhh you were watching that one! That one is good. The Kenneth Branalanananagh version ...? Not so much. Good parts, obviously. And excellent script. Kenneth Branalananananagh is far too over-dramatic as Hamlet.

I know, I noticed that right after I made that comment. I was delighted to see that.

I really need to see that - I love Derek Jacobi and strangely, as much as I love "Hamlet", I've only seen one very poor onstage version. It was a real misery to see it spoiled in the most cliche way. From what I remember (and God, how I want to forget) only Claudius' was decent. Now I would rather read it than risk another onstage failure.
As to Kenneth Branagh's film - I couldn't watch it till the end, it seemed to extravert and pop for my liking. (And Mel Gibson must be a good joke to watch, I think I could possibly dare if I had company and a lot of vine).
Anyway, I hope I can find Jacobi's version in Poland.

(And by the way - I am curious what do you think of "Rosenkranz and Guildenstern are dead".)

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