|Miramax Films | Release Date: May 12, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Almereyda's smart, streamlined adaptation is full of such neat little ironies.
Thou wilt be dazzled.
New York City has never looked so slick and shallow as it does in Hamlet, an innovative, contemporary adaptation.
Both a distraction and a revelation.
This is a sizzling, invigorating Hamlet.
Almereyda never plays up the gimmickry at the expense of the performances, and as a result, his movie largely succeeds, despite an overabundance of pretentious pokes at our consumer culture and the risky casting of Ethan Hawke in the lead role.
Almereyda has done a splendid job of rendering Hamlet as expressive visually as it is verbally.
As Almereyda unrolled his modern Gotham version, the story became gripping, the characters fascinating, the events mesmerizing, the resolution shocking and piteous.
But all the devices and upgrades do little to bring the poetry's meaning into clearer and more relevant focus for today's audiences.
May well be the dullest and most pointless version ever filmed, thanks to a stunningly bad lead performance by Ethan Hawke.
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