this is the retelling of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'that has stood the test of time. It's simply done, placing Hamlet, or Amlad, in a reconstruction of how history mighy have been. With a mindblowing cast of British actors, Gabriel Byrne, Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, Brian Cox - to name but a few. And there's not a duff performance from any of them. Even Beckinsale, who is a rather pallid actress at best, brings charm and innocence to her role as a royal daughter. Byrne is on top form as the sneaky villian who kills Amlad's father and brother, charming the dead man's widow (Helen Mirren) and seizing the throne to Jutland. Amlad (Bale) pretends insanity to outwit him and is sent to England where he acquits himself well by fighting on the Earl (?) of Lindsay's (Cox)side & defeating his enemies, later claiming Gertrude (Beckinsale) as his bride. He returns triumpant to Jutland and - well, if you want to know what happens, buy the dvd! There is a fair bit of fighting and some nudity, but purists needn't worry, it is all in context. I have had this on my shelf for some years until I finally got around to it, and i am glad I did. Recommended!