Hamlet is a play, written by William Shakespeare in
the year 1601. The film illustrates the director’s interpretation which is seen
for example Hamlet. It then influences the audience understanding of the play
and its plot or genre, because they now see and understand the play from the
view point of the directors. In this portrayal of the movie of hamlet (1996),
he can be seen as an individual who is always in a constant battle between his
emotions due to the enormous pressure placed on him. The movie was given a
total rating of 4/5 mainly because it adheres more towards the play and story
rather making it seem more modern.
The setting of the
film takes place during the medieval times of the 15th century. This movie used
all of Shakespeare’s text, making the movie last for approximately four hours
long. The relationship between Hamlet and his uncle, Claudius (Derek Jacobi) is
very complicated. During Hamlet’s first contest with his emotions, he is seen
in a large room where he stands alone. This is significant because it helps
express how he feels about his mother’s marriage to Claudius. Another key fact
about this scene is the way Hamlet behaves when he advances toward the mirrors.
As Hamlet begins his “To be or not to be—that is the question”
speech, he walks toward the mirror, it can be seen, Hamlet’s appearance of him
holding a dagger. The captured scenery makes this scene more intense. Another
captivating scene was where Hamlet tries to kill Polonius in Gertrude’s room. Branagh
directed the camera more on the characters and a little towards the scenery.
With the stage setting turned towards the castle to produce a somewhat elegant
atmosphere. Certain scenes in the movie progressed a bit slower than the others.
One of the elements that Branagh used in the film was most significant mirrors.
This is one of the key components that Hamlet frequently uses throughout the
movie. He is seen taking glimpses of himself on the mirrors, not just in a room
but everywhere in the castle. One of the negative things that people would
criticize about would be the length of the movie. There are people who are not
fans of Shakespeare and would not be willing to watch a four-hour movie showing
what they might not understand for example the Shakespearean language used
except for looking at how the characters interact with each other. Kenneth
Branagh not only chose characters that were talented, but selected mostly older
actors/actresses primarily due to their experiences and or some other reason. Kenneth Branagh made it seem like Hamlet was
following his father’s orders in the movie even though in the play he wasn’t.
This made the audience feel better about Hamlet because he was actually taking
action for his father’s murder especially when he was asked by his father’s
ghost to avenge his death. Inclined to fulfill the demands of his father,
Hamlet enters into a mental predicament, as he is unable to choose whether to
follow through and kill his father’s murderer, or move on with his life, respecting
the new king and following his orders. When an individual’s choices conflicts
with external demands or pressure, the individual will not be able to have good
personal and or even a sane life, and chances are indecisiveness will likely occur
within his everyday life, which will ultimately lead to his or her downfall
like Hamlet’s tragic end which should probably be a lesson to all.
conclusion, Hamlets adaptation of the year 1996 was highly praised, won
nominated for several nominations. It was also regarded by critics as one of
the best Shakespearean adaptation of hamlet. it eventually failed to be a box
office success due to its low gross which is just over $5 million on an $18