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Desc:Mel's take on the 'To be, or not to be' monologue.
Category:Classic Movies, Arts
Tags:mel gibson, hamlet, Mel Gibson not doing something retarded for once
Submitted:twinkieafternoon
Date:09/19/09
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Comment count is 12
Merzbau
the fifth star is contingent upon the production of a clip of mr. gibson calling Ophelia "sugar tits"
Camonk
Mel Gibson's Hamlet was significantly less overblown and melodramatic than shitty ol' Kenneth Brannaugh's. I SAY THIS. IT IS TRUE.
Merzbau
This is true! Not sure there's ever been a great movie Hamlet, though, including Olivier's.

Gojira1000
Agreed, while no one has done a really godly Hamlet on the big screen, Mel was okay.

Toenails
Say what you want about Mel's stab at Shakespeare, it was still the first version of Hamlet my young mind was exposed to, and it is still has a special place in my heart.
Camonk
This is also how I feel. It's also not particularly bad.

StanleyPain
This is my favorite screen Hamlet. I think Gibson was near-perfect for this role.
phalsebob
It's surprising but yes he's quite good in the role. I would like to see other action stars in Shakespearian roles. Sylvester Stallone as Aguecheek perhaps.

TeenerTot
Mel's good. But by far my favorite screen Hamlet is Maximillian Schell. With additional dialogue by Mike Nelson.

Richmond
It's a great performance, especially for an audience that isn't all that Shakespearey. The meaning of the lines is particularly clear, but that's kind of the problem, too. "On this hand! But on the other hand!"

Easy to follow, and a damn good delivery, but where's the Hamlet in it? If you were only to deliver the soliloquy, this is near-perfect --- but in the context of a three-hour play, this is a meek academic in way over his head, rationalizing his way out of what should be noble retribution with tricks of logic and philosophy. Watching this, I don't really get the impression that this is a milksop, paper prince lacking the balls to do the right thing.

Not that keen on his take of the character, but a great performance in any event. Five!
twinkieafternoon
Mel plays Hamlet with a little more gusto than you'd expect, but he's consistent in the urgency he shows throughout the adaption. I thought it was very well done (particularly Ophelia's madness scene), and I enjoyed Mel's unorthodox approach to Hamlet.

Paracelsus
I think Mel only does a couple of things when he acts. He does that crazy, dislocated eye thing that stands for 'insane' anger, and he can cry. More ham than Hamlet.
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