“ Although this version was only 2 hours 20 minutes approximately, it was more boring in parts than Branagh's was.
“So you can imagine my surprise when, bored out of my wits one rainy afternoon, I found myself browsing the video collection in our school library when, low and behold, I found this version of the play.
“ Like many people, I'm used to seeing Mel Gibson as the tough Mad Max and the humorous Sergeant Riggs, but he gives an intense performance as hamlet.
“ This interpretation of Hamlet was so focused on telling us about Hamlet, that it left all other characters flat and uninteresting.
“During the course of the film, I found that this film was incredibly "draggy" and hard to follow in terms of its language spoken and the pace that it was going.
“ In this case, however, the interior scenes are dull and claustrophobic; the predominant colour is the grey of the castle walls.
“So here you have weak, flat and uninteresting characters in a script that can only be described as a jumbled perversion of the original.
“ Not as good as Branagh's, but still enjoyable .
“ He's chopped and rearranged and interpolated the play into a very compelling story, really taking advantage of the resources old Will didn't have.
“ But the fact is, he did make this film, and his performance is unpretentious and very entertaining.
“ This dreary, cold, almost hostile setting establishes the correct mood for the play and indeed parallels Hamlet's frame of mind.
“Gibson gives the strength and all the intense and the fury that the role needs..Under the strict and charming guidance of Zeffirelli the film is excellent.
“ I'm not sure what there was about it, but I saw it on the big screen, and it was so breathtaking to me, I thought my heart would stop.
“ Hamlet comes off as a dumb, bewildered hothead, which makes his more intelligent lines (and this is largely thanks to Mel Gibson's mediocre acting) seem out of place and dull.
“The problem, I think, is that the movie is just kind of slow and some scenes are a bit unnecessary.
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“The set is purely filled with melancholy agony and intense which are the very words that Gibson portrays Hamlet.
“ Yet although Christopher De Vore's cut down screenplay was not, as has been said before, grassroots Shakespeare, it was most definitely entertaining.
“ Entertaining - Do not compare it to Branagh .
“ A bit slow, to be honest .
“ He foregrounds the complex with the casting of Glenn Close, but her performance is too dull to really draw it out and the production thus suffers from a lack of cohesiveness from the Oedipus complex's seeming as a side-plot involving the main character and thus only over-complicating matters rather than informing us about Hamlet.
“ The costumes, even of the royal or aristocratic characters, are dull and subdued; Zeffirelli seems to have intended them to reflect the mood of the characters in the play.
“ I found it, in the hands of such fine actors, fascinating.
“I think that this was the first film version of a Shakespeare play that I watched and I really enjoyed it.
“) But it's a truly entertaining film version of the most spectacular play ever written and it deserves credit for that.
“The result is a slow, confused, boring film which will put those new to Shakespeare off Shakespeare instantly!
“ On the other hand, while it is a long play with much complexity and so forth(therefore a slow unfolding pace is necessary) there are some scenes that do come about as too drawn-out and laborious.
“ A truly stunning scene.
“ It's worth watching it in whatever format is available.
“ I know there were people who fell asleep in my lit class when I took this course ten years ago.
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“ However, like the play, the movie was slow and at times tiresome.
“ But at the end of the film, when I left the theater and knowing that the principal characters died, it was then that out of curiosity I began to be intrigued by the plot of the story and say "Hey, this is interesting".
“ By cutting so much and by inserting his own additions the director has essentially leveled all the characters and make them much more dull and single-faceted.
“ If, prior to the release of this film, anybody had told me Mel Gibson could pull off one of the most entertaining performances of Hamlet on film, I would have laughed.
“ The result - a highly entertaining movie.
“ beautiful cinematography, perfect direction, and some truly breathtaking acting combine with a shortened story to bridge the gap between modern cinema and Shakespeare...
“ The play is really long and repetitive, so I think this movie did a fantastic job of really getting the meat.
“ Some of the story was a little slow moving and some of the dialogue could have been updated slightly.
“Glen Close' Gertrude is utterly gripping.
“ One note to those out there who think Shakespeare is wordy and tedious: try writing the same situations the Bard wrote, your version won't hold a candle!!
“Indeed, most cast give breathtaking performances.
“ Mel Gibson's representation of the son Hamlet, however, is the best and is simply stunning.
“Like all teenagers I was forced to read "Hamlet" in high school, and like all teenagers I found it to be a total bore.