This is the first time that I’ve seen or read Hamlet and I only had the faintest idea of the plot. This film is a good way to experience it. I definitely find it easier watching Shakespeare than trying to read it and having now seen a few of his plays I am less intimidated by the language and can focus on the story more.
It is a great cast but I was surprised how much the role of Hamlet was played for what came across to me to a large degree as comic effect – well suited to David Tennant – when I was expecting a lot more tragedy. I suppose that is why Shakespeare’s plays can be interpreted in many different ways and I expect that I would need to study the play more to see what aspects of the character I’ve not picked up on.
My only other comment would be that this comes across very much as a filmed version of a play rather than a fully fledged film in it’s own right.
• Spare Cycles: Much Ado About Nothing (The Globe Theatre, London)
• Spare Cycles: King Lear: Live cinema broadcast from the Globe Theatre, London