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This looks fantastic
not that i've ever seen any shakespeare plays played as plays before.
tennant occasionally does a little doctory gurn but otherwise this is a big dense, dark winding thing, that makes me want to start Gormenghast again.
Are you insane?
or just sober?
but i think that's because i'm vaguely familiar with the basic outline and some (apparently) very very abridged versions and trying to map that onto this full on thing isn't working too well
well acted and compelling throughout. Easily the best on screen version of Hamlet i've seen.
I just finally finished watching it on the sky+. It does take a lot of concentration, which was why I watched it in three sittings and rewound bits where I hadn't quite followed what was going on (I knew nothing of the story beforehand). But I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and was practically in tears at the end. Would recommend!
I've only watched about 2.5 hours of this so far but i'll admit that i've never known the ending of hamlet to cause any tears. odd.
tragedy is all about the catharsis - the purging of negative emotions etc etc. My negative emotions mostly consisted of throwing my shoe at the telly.
Who says tragedy is about catharsis? apart from aristotle obvs, and even then dont think he said that it should be "all about" catharsis, and not even in of the audience.
N.B i've now watched the end of it and they oddly cut the entire fortinbras bit at the end, so it did end up being a bit like 'UgH HAMLETS DEAD OH NO" rather than being kind of jarring. The bit with fortinbras seems to try to negate catharsis anyway.
when I said tragedy was 'all about' catharsis but I stand by my claim that catharsis is/was a significant factor in the classical conception of what a tragedy should be (you mention Aristotle's viewpoint, well he is to a certain extent the Daddy of the Genre so I think he may be entitled to his thoughts).
Anyway all this is by the by. I cannot understand the love that this adaptation is getting. I'm sure it was fab in the flesh as the theatre but it made for a pretty fucking sterile viewing experience onscreen.
Meh X 100000
Most of the RSC actors looked ridiculous as they were doing stage acting on screen. Without the 'live experience' it fell flat as a piece of theatre (obviously) and without any budget for the setting or any real direction or cinematography it fell flat as a piece of cinema.
Bring back Kenneth Brannagh!