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Summary: The Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning production of Shakespeare's great play. Director Gregory Doran's modern-dress production was hailed by the critics as thrilling, fast-moving and, in parts, very funny. Hamlet must decide whether to avenge his father's murder at the hands of his uncle Claudius, who has married his brother's wife - Hamlet's mother, Gertrude. This visually sumptuous screen version was filmed on location with all of the original stage cast. (BBC iPlayer)
Not only the best Hamlet adaptation I've seen, but of all straight Shakespeare on film, I think. The life everyone brings to each character is exactly what is missing from the attempts by Olivier, Welles, and others.
Doran's direction and updating are great, but it's Tennant's Hamlet who really steals the show. Equal parts manic, comedic and touching, it's a ridiculously effective way of presenting a character who has been presented so variably in the past, making it fresh and exciting once again. The rest of the cast are great too, but all eyes will be on the lead role.
Didn't care for Stewart's overly literal inflections, and it's disappointing compared to Doran's Macbeth, but I recommend it nonetheless - on account of the powerful soliloquies and novel approach to humour.