Year: 1990
Production Co: Carolco
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Writer: Franco Zeffirelli/William Shakespeare
Cast: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter
Has there ever been an artist as divisive as Shakespeare? You either walk out saying 'that was the most faithful rendition of the Bard I've seen since the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, or 'what the fuck were they all talking about?'

Because for all the universality of Shakespeares' ideas, the accessibility of his prose to 20th century ears is severely lacking unless 1. you're a Shakespeare scholar or 2. you know his work backwards (see 1).

That said, it looks like a very faithful rendition of his seminal play about the Danish Prince trying to circumnavigate the grievances, vengeances and intrigues of the royal court to which he feels entitled.

I came out saying 'what the fuck were they all talking about?, but I'm no Shakespeare scholar.

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