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Franco Zeffirelli directs his third Shakespeare adaptation (after Romeo and Juliet and Otello) with this film version of the tragedy Hamlet. The titular prince of Denmark (Mel Gibson), returns home to his family's castle of Elsinore after years of attending school in Germany to find out his father has died and his uncle Claudius (Alan Bates) is the new king. To make matters worse, Claudius has married Hamlet's mother, Queen Gertrude (Glenn Close), whom he has unusually strong feelings for. Hamlet is visited by his father's ...

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The Pageturner

Nov 20, 2008

Watching This Helps if You're Reading Hamlet

We watched this movie in British Literature class and thought it was so so and accurate...except for the part where Hamlet makes out with his mother. Rather disturbing. I think they should've chosen someone other than Mel Gibson. I'm not saying his acting wasn't good, because it was (though he was way over dramatic in the movie), I think someone younger and less known may have done a better job and not detracted from the story due to his celebrity. I'd say that you can use this movie to compare to the book and I am sure it's quite enjoyable when you are bored.

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