Hamlet (1948)

Hamlet (1948)

Director: Laurence Olivier
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie

Synopsis:
The brooding prince of Denmark plots to avenge his father's murder at the hands of his uncle.

Impressions:
Anyone invested in Shakespeare and film likely knows of this movie even if they haven't seen it themselves. It's rightfully known as one of the best-regarded film adaptations of the play. Naturally, Laurence Olivier is amazing in the titular role. The rest of the cast is all good, but I want to give a particular nod to Felix Aylmer as Polonius and Peter Cushing defying my expectations of him for a very camp Osric. If you've got sharp eyes, you'll catch Christopher Lee as a spear carrier. Costuming and sets are good but the camera work isn't anything special (which isn't that big of a deal for an adaptation of a stage play but really stands out in comparison to more dynamic film adaptations of Shakespeare). This one is well worth watching and I highly recommend it.

Rating:
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