Hamlet (2000)

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Modern-day New York City adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder.


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28 April 2001 | sdl-2
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| Bravo!
Nearly four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare continues to be the best screenwriter in the English language. This beautiful, moody, stylish adaptation of his greatest play is no exception. Another wonderful thing about the Bard is how his drama seems to elevate any actor willing to take on the challenge. I especially enjoyed Bill Murray as Polonius: his performance was all the more delightful because of the necessity of restraining his comic genius here; he appears always on the edge of cracking a joke, and of course doesn't, adding even more tension to an already extremely taught production.

But what I loved most about this movie was how it departed from the usual staging conventions (medieval costume, stone castles) to get at the heart of what the play is really about: a kid coming home on a college break and discovering that his uncle has murdered his father and is having sex with his mother. Ethan Hawke does a fantastic job in the role, giving us the brooding, confused, lovesick, and ultimately self-destructive adolescent that Shakespeare intended.

If I were a high-school English teacher, this is the Hamlet that I would want to show my students.

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,253 14 May 2000

Gross USA:

$1,577,287

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,046,433

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