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2.0 out of 5 stars How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable..., 1 April 2003
This review is from: Hamlet [VHS] [1997] (VHS Tape)
Oh dear what a disappointment. I could (just about) have believed Jack Lemmon as a 75 year old soldier, I could have almost stomached the sight of Ken Dodd as Yorick (but what was wrong with letting us use our imaginations instead?), and I could even have got over the "most obvious use of blue screen ever" moment and the soap powder snow if I hadn't had to listen to Ken Bran-aarrgghh's flat voice and histronic ramblings for 4 solid hours. Never has Shakespeare sounded so dull and ordinary - shome mishtake shurely?
Furthermore the boy blunder's desire to flag up every major theory that's been written about Hamlet left him without any clear point of view about the play...and we were left darkling.
2 stars for the restored language that Olivier left out of his version...but give me Larry's great film any day.
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