Royal Deceit (1994) - Adventure, Drama

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An ancient Danish story of evil, power and human spirit, that subsequently inspired William Shakespeare on his tragedy - Hamlet.

IMDB: 5.6
Director: Gabriel Axel
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Helen Mirren
Length: 103 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 5 out of 27 found boring (18.51%)

One-line Reviews (9)

The script is atrocious, making the rather dynamic Viking story of Amleth into some sort of whack emo coming of age story for (admittedly super hot) Christian Bale.

That Shakespeare used it to create monumentally stunning work of drama on the human mind, justice, revenge does not mean the original he used is compelling, or that are ridiculously bad telling of that original has merit.

it was a waste of my money in all honesty, i liked the actors more before i saw this.

Plodding pace, clunky direction, a dreadfully incongruous musical score and some really woeful dialogue.

It's not for everybody but I found the combination of bleak Jutland scenery, calm voice-over narration and the momentum of the Royal intrigues fascinating and hypnotic.

Sadly, most of the time is yawningly empty except for lovely panoramics of the Danish countryside.

Cliché after cinematic cliché - I felt I was watching a Mel Brooks pastiche at times.

' All in all you will find it a waste of time to watch it.

The performances are solid but as others have pointed out the dialog is awful, the "battle scenes" are amateurish and confusing and the costumes and set are dreary.