Hamlet ★★★

It is difficult to judge this production of Hamlet as a film, since it really isn't a film by conventional means. It was a play produced for TV, and it really does feel like a stage production as you watch it. The props and decorations are minimal, and some scenes even take place in a flat, empty room. Just as Shakespeare certainly intended, the story is carried by the performances of the actors. Patrick Stewart does a perfect job of coming across as a realistic, delivering his lines with a slight poetry, but grounded in the cadence of real conversation. Many of the other actors come across as if they are trying to sound like a Shakespeare play, adding unnecessary emphasis and over-acting. In the end, Hamlet is still a pleasure to watch, and this productions makes you feel as if its all right in front of you.