Year Released: 1991
Main Stars: Mel Gibson ,Glenn Close , Alan Bates , Ian Holm , Helena Bonham Carter , Stephen Dillane
Review Date: December 2015
Last watched: November 2015
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: TV

“to be or not to be”

Mel Gibson and tonnes of British Actors. You can tell the natural manner of the Brits against the ‘acty’ style of the Americans but everyone made an effort.

Glenn did well as an almost maddened Queen. Helena was superb as a wee, maddened girl. Mel flew around a lot and acted maddened.

Sets are real for the most part – I went to the main castle after wards but Mel must have been out shopping – and there isn’t any attempt at ‘reinventing’ the story or Hollywood explosions of music and camera cuts so what you get is the bard’s tale, maybe with a few little amendments but not so much as to make it annoyingly OTT.

Mel is always good as the manic character who might not be as mad as you think but the ending, albeit original, could have done with more drama. Felt like a fizzle-out moment.

Good to see if you like Mr Shakey but maybe a tad long-winded and slow if you don’t. Helena is awesome though.


Keep DVD?

Watch if on TV?

Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Personally avoid now but maybe in a few years I’ll give it another peck on the cheak.


About Simon Trail

I'm just another film watcher with an opinion.
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