Apr. 29th, 2010

Hamlet

Apr. 29th, 2010 03:02 pm
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I was reminded last night by [livejournal.com profile] angevin2 that Hamlet was on Great Performances on PBS. This is the version done by the RSC last year with David Tennant as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as both Claudius and the Ghost. I wish I had saved the chat log I had going with my mother-in-law as we poked at the production from our respective households. It was approaching epic before we were done.

I'm not always a big fan when someone time shifts a Shakespeare play. Often times I feel that things end up feeling very contrived. That wasn't the case this time. I liked what they have done with the play. Hamlet is one of those plays that often it is hard to stay awake through the final scene. It tends to put people to sleep. This version won't. At least not most people. This is a very approchable version of Hamlet.

I have liked Tennant as Doctor Who and have always heard that he was a good actor otherwise as well. My mother-in-law said, not Burton good, but very good as Hamlet. I kind of disagree as I think that Tennant is very strong as an actor and will bring a lot of people to the play. He is so very good in the role. When you pair him with Patrick Stewart as Claudius you have lit the fuse on the powderkeg. Stewart as Claudius is inspired. He plays such a cold and calculating Claudius that he can drop the temperature in a room 20 degrees just by looking at someone. His guesture when given the cup the the last act is inspired, and priceless.

It's a very enjoyable version of the play. I see why so many folks were squeeing with delight when they found out that Tennant had been cast. I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] angevin2 will give us a much more complete and scholarly writeup of the play soon as I know she wateched it also. If you didn't catch it on PBS and feel the need to grab a copy on DVD I know that Amazon has it for sale as of May 4th here.

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