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Desc:A lesson on how NOT to do it.
Category:Arts, Horror
Tags:hamlet, Ethan Hawke, Denmark is a corporation, Blockbusters
Submitted:twinkieafternoon
Date:09/20/09
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Comment count is 21
Toenails
O! it is excellent
To have a giant's thanks for voting!
You tipped the scales!
Visit the video's full page!, but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.
SecretJunk
That's hell of a wispy narration
memedumpster
I kept expecting someone to yell "you suck!"
yogarfield
Indeed. Withnail is the Dane.

Jeff Fries
This was actually a pretty clever modern take, also that's not a supermarket
That guy
agreed
this is not at all a bad version of Hamlet, just a jarring one for strict interpreters

sheikurbouti
It's actually quite effective.
Richmond
Yeah, which kind of engages the 1-or-5 question. 1 for the submission not getting that this is an existential soliloquy that is actually well situated in a Blockbuster -- what better setting for a speech about the dreariness of marking time until the big push-off? --- or 5 for being a pretty good performance?

Let's go 4. He's got the ennui, but I don't see the fear or the indecision (except in the blocking of walking around, not even attempting to choose a video). If the video screens are supposed to be the fiery hell Hamlet's afraid of, I'm just not seeing it in his reaction.

pastorofmuppets
It's not just fiery hell, it's The Crow: City of Angels. In any case the settings are interesting, people do far weirder with Shakespeare. It's the acting that's...wait for it...LACKluster

pastorofmuppets
You got Shakespeare in my Clerks!
Riskbreaker
The hat.
oswaldtheluckyrabbit
THOU SHALT MAKE THY NIGHT A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT
baleen
Ethan Hawke is my least favorite actor. He makes vomit stir in my guts.
I hate the fuck out of Ethan Hawke and I think he destroys everything he is in.
memedumpster
This clip seems to agree with you.

John Holmes Motherfucker
He's okay, but he's no Christian Slater.

dorje
appears to be the same store used in eternal sunshine of the spotless mind - the store where clementine works. funny.
Paracelsus
Ratings dilemma or no ratings dilemma, this guy needs to handle Shakespeare like a chimp needs to handle open-heart surgery.
pastorofmuppets
you don't know what the stars are for, do you?
pastorofmuppets
that was mean
John Holmes Motherfucker
I love this scene, but I love the whole movie a lot less. I love non-traditional settings for Shakespeare, and I bet Shakespeare would, too, but they cut the lines of the verse into fragments, and I find that fucking jarring.
That guy
I'll solve the 1-or-5 dilemma above by voting against the submitter's commentary. This is how TO do it.

After having read every word of Shakespeare, plus 1500 pages of essays, seen every play, seen every major film version of a Shakespeare play, performed Shakespeare, and so on...
...this is the best film version of Hamlet (not counting any filmed stage versions I may not have seen), especially as far as capturing the essence of the play, and making it live for modern audiences.
If the "To be" speech is not a full-on, these-go-to-11, crafted performance- well then.... all the better.
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