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PatC.Jan 8, 2004Hamlet afficionados won't want to miss Bill Murray's swarmy rendering of Polonius. But Hamlet's father was a man of noble stature, moral impeccability and competent leadership. Sorry Sam, you were mis-cast. Branagh's film, or Mel Gibson's complete "Playright's Cut" are time better spent.
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But all the devices and upgrades do little to bring the poetry's meaning into clearer and more relevant focus for today's audiences.
Almereyda has done a splendid job of rendering Hamlet as expressive visually as it is verbally.