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on 17 May 2017
Hamlet 2 is a comedy movie that presents the sentiment of 'Forgive & Forget'.
The theme of the movie is how we deal with unresolved childhood issues with our parents, when these issues confront us in adult life.
The movie humorously asks the viewer to consider 2 things:
1. How different things would be if Hamlet had forgiven his father's murderer right from the beginning - would it have made such an interesting impact on books, education, the movies, stage plays, and tv? Would we even know who William Shakespeare is today, as there have been many actors, authors and movies who names have been relegated to archives never to be remembered unless someone puts together a documentary about them.
2. Whether Jesus forgave his Father for the abandonment on the cross. His pain is duly noted, but no word of forgiveness from Jesus to his Father is actually stated. Forgiveness is assumed and deemed not an issue to Jesus due to his position as The Christ, as the Son of God. Forgiveness is also deemed not an issue to Jesus due to his death on the cross, but in reality most children who feel abandoned and/or betrayed by one parent or two or by a carer and/or trusted family member, be it male or female, develop serious psychological issues in later life.
The Devil plays his part too. In a bizarre paradox twist to the storyline driving the forgiveness message home, Satan is reminding
folks that he'd be out of a job and unemployed if everybody was To Be Or Not To Be, what they're 'supposed' to do or not supposed to have.
The 2 in the movie title indicates that the controversy of a more thought provoking Hamlet/Jesus/Satan combined, only lasts 2 Minutes of the of the full movie and is within the last 20 minutes or so of the movie - Shame! That's not enough controversy for me.
The rest of the movie is utter nonsense in it's build up to this rather unusual version of Hamlet.
It does however, raise some interesting points about the education system and stereotypes.
!. The Arts - whatever genre of The Arts, always suffers, in more ways than one whenever the budget is limited - especially if it's not a curriculum that studies 'The Classics'.
2. Class, culture, education, religious stereotypes - where do you stand? What did you assume from watching the movie?
Although not controversial or entwined, similarly in the 1942 wartime American comedy movie, 'To Be Or Not To Be' set in occupied Poland, starring Carole Lombard and Jack Benny, the writers: Melchior Lengyel and Edwin Justus Mayer, use a plot irony to emerge Hamlet and Hitler as heroes of the Polish Resistance and it's English Allies. The plot uses the theatrics of a theatre company to create and stage a diversion against a German spy and against Germany receiving any information from the spy.
There was a remake of 'To Be Or Not To Be' in 1983 starring Mel brooks and Anne Bancroft. The plot remains the same, but there are some scene changes.
Both Hamlet 2 and To Be Or Not To Be centre around a main plot that incorporates 2 minutes or less of Hamlet's time.