‘Hamlet’ (2000) Critique

When we watch movies, we look for entertainment. That is the only reason why
theatrical movies are created. Movies create entertainment which creates money.
When Shakespeare wrote “Hamlet” to be performed in front of hundreds, he
aimed at entertainment. But, the key to the movie business, is relevance. If
your movie has no relevance, your movie is garbage and makes no money. Mr.
Almereyda aimed for this exact quality when deciding to make a multi-million
dollar movie about any one of the billions of things to produce a movie for. He
saw the most contemporary version of the timeless classic “Hamlet” when
creating his golden movie. Ethan Hawke would be his main character and other
popular faces would create the aside. The secret in this version, would
Almereyda emphasizing the upscale glamour of the family as a counterpoint to the
ugliness in the story.

No other “Hamlet” came close to matching this task. But, Almereyda, being
the genius he is, created his masterpiece successfully after all. The setting is
the year 2000 Mannhatton, New York. What better place to set the scene of
Denmark, the wealthy corporation Hamlet’s father set up, to represent money
and power.

, a glowering depressive who hates his mother and stepfather for their
hypocrisy and their cold disregard for his own grief. Hamlet was something of a
pill. Hawke makes him a designer drug. In OUR time, the sinister turn of events
at the Denmark Corporation couldn't be more apt. The interplay of location and
language gives the play its umpteenth life. It's "Hamlet Unplugged,"
stripped-down and heady. And as a cosmetics-first experiment in atmosphere,
"Hamlet" is almost daring. Almereyda, who has done some groundbreaking
work with a Fisher-Price Pixel-Vision video camera, story

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