Year Released: 1994
Main Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Christian Bale, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox, Kate Beckinsale, Andy Serkis, Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting)
Last watched: April 2013
Review Date: April 2013
Number Watches: 1 maybe 2
Format Watched: DVD
Big cast but don’t let that fool you. This is a retelling of Hamlet using the original Danish stories and I reckon this is the only reason most of these guys agreed to appear. The direction is shoddy, music is dreadful and the script is no more than statements. Mind you, if you’ve had a few it could be a great laugh due to the strangeness of background events where the extras seem to wander or forget they’re in a movie, the fights that are hilarious and the real oddity of seeing Christian, Helen and a host of Brits either totally in the scud or just plain young! For instance – Kate! She’s a baby!!
I really didn’t want to like this but ended up wanting to keep it. The DVD I bought was packaged as Thrones and Empires but there isn’t anything except the film. I think they should do a version with interviews from the cast and what it all meant to them. Kate (kind of) and Andy are making their film debuts so although it’s a pants movie it’s also one that tries to give a lot of actors a break.
In two minds what to say about watching it. Yes, for laughs, no as a film. Prob best to avoid but then again……
No. But maybe after some beers?
Watch if on TV?
No. But then again, what about some acting convention on a big screen with jeering?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoid…. Even for a laugh? Eh, ……. to watch or not to watch…..