Hamlet: Movie Review

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Hamlet, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, depicts one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays from the eyes of Zeffirelli. This drama includes a cast of incredible actors including: Mel Gibson as Hamlet, Glen Close as Gertrude, Alah Bates as Claudius, Ian Holm as Polonius, Paul Scofield as the Ghost, Helena Bonham- Carter as Ophelia and Nathaniel Parker as Laertes. The film is set in Elsinore castle in Denmark. The movie begins with the funeral of King Hamlet. Shortly after the funeral, Queen Gertrude marries Claudius, King Hamlet’s brother, and the two find Hamlet mourning his father’s death. After Claudius discusses death with Hamlet, Horatio and two watchmen take Hamlet to see a ghost that they discovered, which resembles the late King Hamlet. Hamlet follows the ghost and it declares that it is his father’s spirit, and that he was murdered by Claudius. Ordering Hamlet to seek revenge on the man who take over his throne and married his wife, the ghost disappears with the dawn. Prince Hamlet devotes himself to avenging his father’s death, but he delays and enters into a deep and even apparent state of madness. Claudius and Gertrude worry about the prince’s irregular behavior and attempt to discover its cause. They use a pair of Hamlet’s friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to watch him. When Polonius suggests that Hamlet may be mad with love for his daughter, Ophelia, Claudius agrees to spy on Hamlet in conversation with the girl. Though Hamlet certainly seems mad, he does not seem to love Ophelia. Instead, he orders her to enter a nunnery and declares that he wishes to ban marriages. A group of traveling actors comes to Elsinore, and Hamlet decides to test his uncle’s guilt by having the players perform a scene closely resembling his uncle murdering his father. If Claudius is guilty, he will surely react. When the moment of the murder arrives in the theater,

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