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2.8
305 Ratings

Hamlet

Directed by Michael Almereyda
United States, 2000
Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

Modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s immortal story about Hamlet’s plight to avenge his father’s murder in New York City.

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Hamlet Directed by Michael Almereyda
Modern-dress versions of Shakespeare rarely amount to much more than attention-grabbing stunts, but Michael Almereyda’s take on the gloomy Dane, set in the clubs and corporate hallways of Manhattan circa what we then called Y2K, succeeds in finding a witty new angle on the text. For one thing, it jettisons quite a lot of said text—Act 1, Scene 1, for example, which would seem to be fairly important, is nowhere to be found.
May 07, 2013
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While Luhrmann wallowed in colourful Hispanic excess, Almereyda heads north, bathing his picture in icy blue neons, stark Arctic whites, chilly metallic sheens. Michael Mann territory, in other words – we even get Diane Venora popping up as Gertrude. But Almereyda misses the point – Mann would never allow his stylish visuals to be undermined by these lapses of attention and judgement.
March 23, 2004
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Like Godard, he fuses the ancient with the contemporary by unapologetically setting his story in the present day… Ethan Hawke’s slacker intellectual sifts through his memories and recollections by capturing them on his Pixel camera. In this way, he’s the prototypical Almereyda protagonist.
March 01, 2003
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