Tweet Hey, remember that one time a major Hollywood action movie star played Hamlet? In fact, it was reasoned, Hollywood had so little faith in this project that Mel had to put his own money into funding the film — so obviously, OBVIOUSLY, it was just going to be a colossal, roll-your-eyes train wreck.
Spoilers And vice versa. Hamlet is, to me, the greatest work in the English language. It dares us to look at the truth of our own mortality and at the same time consider right vs wrong. Branagh's choice was to present the entire play, Zefirelli chose to compress it for the screen.
Each choice has its merits. I like Branagh's version too and I think it's a mistake to compare the 2 versions or add a comparison to Olivier either. Judge each on its own merits. Looking at this film, Mel Gibson is simply great.
His Hamlet is obviously someone with a zest for life and a sense of humor who is completely stunned by the events at the opening of the film and thrown even more off kilter by his father's ghost.
All I can say is, I love the way he plays it. The other players are excellent as well.
I've never particularly liked Glenn Close's looks, but she's a great actress. Helena is my favorite Ophelia ever.
And Alan Bates is superb. I've never quite accepted the theory that Hamlet can't make up his mind. Just reading the play one sees Hamlet go from a thirst for blood to messing around with a fencing match because Claudius placed a bet on it. How to explain this? What we are seeing is a bright, brilliant mind going through a nervous breakdown and then regaining sanity.
You HAVE TO understand, too, that Hamlet can't just go stick a sword in his popular uncle and say his father's ghost told him to do it. Pay attention and it's clear that he needs more than just the word of the ghost and this limits his choices. After the visit from his father's ghost Hamlet seems to be not just feigning madness but literally out of his mind, he's not in control.
Hamlet tells us that one reason not to commit suicide is that God has outlawed that choice. If Hamlet accepts that from God, how can he commit murder, even if his father's ghost tells him to? Hamlet's "antic disposition" at the Mousetrap is not an act.Jan 18, · The style of Franco Zeffirelli’s "Hamlet," with Mel Gibson in the title role, is robust and physical and - don't take this the wrong way - upbeat.
Gibson doesn't give us another Hamlet as Mope, a melancholy Dane lurking in shadows and bewailing his fate/5. You can relax, it's not "Lethal Bodkin."But Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet," with Mel Gibson as the Melancholy Dane, has been given a stripped-down, aerodynamic design -- it's the first production of.
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In this case, Franco Zeffirelli directs Mel Gibson as the melancholy Dane, Alan Bates as the scheming Claudius, Glenn Close as his gullible, deceived mother, and thus gives us a masterpiece!
Zeffirelli’s HAMLET touches the story’s heart in its opening scene of the old king’s funeral. Jan 18, · This "Hamlet" finally stands or falls on Mel Gibson’s performance, and I think it will surprise some viewers with its strength and appeal.
He has not been overawed by Shakespeare, has not fallen into a trap of taking this role too solemnly and lugubriously/5. Jan 18, · Watch video · Directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
With Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge/10(K).