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Hamlet Movie Analysis

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Rachel Meade

on 7 December 2013

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Hamlet Movie Analysis
By Rachel Meade

Hamlet's Father Visits
on Hamlet and his father are awkward and distracting.
Almost 10 of the same
reaction shot
of Hamlet watching his father are interjected into his father's important speech.
Scene Analysis
The movie is not rhetorically effective because the technical and garish dramatization takes away from the two major themes of the play:
The movie is not rhetorically effective because the close resemblance of the movie's
to the that of the play keeps the audience from becoming engaged in the story.
The movie is supposed to be somewhat more comprehensible than the play (when read) because of the added visual element.
Using the same text with lofty vocab, ridiculous accents, and monologues that are quiet, quick, or ill-timed creates even more miscommunication and incomprehension for the audience.
The movie is not rhetorically effective because deviations from the original setting, in both
, make no sense.
In 1996, Kenneth Branagh directed and starred in his own rendition of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragic plays. This movie, although extravagant,is not rhetorically effective. Here's why!
Claudius Nearly Dies
Alas, Poor Yorick!
It makes no logical sense that Ophelia can find both flowers and this unfrozen river in a notably harsh Danish winter.
Setting: made for convenience, not accuracy
Speech: written for Medieval era, not 19th century
Attitudes: avenging killed fathers, exchanging tokens of affection
Culture: jesters, knights, dueling, Catholic domination of religion
For all of these reasons, it is easy to see that "Hamlet," notwithstanding its fantastic production and all-star cast, is not rhetorically effective.
As a Result...
The scene itself distracts the audience from Hamlet's father's
, which presents Hamlet's motive for
against his uncle, Claudius.
A jump-scare of Hamlet fantasizing about killing Claudius occurs at the
of Hamlet's thoughts.
Important information is presented during the
, making it easy to miss.
As a Result...
The audience receives a shock that causes them to miss important background information concerning Hamlet's Catholic beliefs about
and life after death, which influence his actions throughout the movie.
Billy Crystal's
role as the gravedigger dominates the scene.
to Yorick joking around in the king's court are distracting.
As a Result...
Billy Crystal and the flashbacks take away from Hamlet's profound speech on materialism, wealth, and status in the face of
Plot of the movie follows the plot of the play exactly, with few exceptions.
Consequently, the movie is
four hours
(243 minutes) long.
In the same amount of time, you could watch both
Catching Fire
Emperor's New Groove
with enough time for a
20-minute break
between the two
In 1996, the movie
lost $13 million
(equivalent to $20 million today, inflation factored in).
No one has time or desire to sit in any movie for four hours, no matter how profound Hamlet's qualms about mortality truly are.
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