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230 days ago

I was a teenager when this came out, and didn't have enough experience in watching film at that point in life to know that this was a throwback to a common type of film that had been done decades before, previous to the "anti-hero" films of the late 60's/early 70's, and the downbeat, O-Henry ending of many of those films. Hence, it seemed "fresh" to me. Stallone was a relatively new face, an unknown quantity, and I remember one reviewer (in Newsweek, I think) saying, and I paraphrase, "It's hard really to know from this one film whether Stallone is a good actor or not." Well, decades later, we know...all too well. Stallone is a horrible actor possessed of an immense, overblown ego who makes cinematic shit for an undiscriminating audience. But at the time "Rocky" came out, it wasn't as obvious yet, and I remember thinking that "Rocky" was a pretty good film. At that time, a "feel good" film that had an illusion of street-savvy grittiness about it and an upbeat ending was a novelty.

It's hard to evaluate it now because I haven't seen it in decades. Then again, unlike most films of even mariginal value, I have no desire to watch it again, and that has to count for something. And not something positive.

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532 days ago

This might be among the most dominant performances by an actor in a film ever. Hamming it up for nearly three hours without losing the audience's attention is an accomplishment, no doubt about it.

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532 days ago

I agree with irishgit that it's hard to capture the play on film, but I thought this version went about it in a misguided way. Seeing it in a Shakespeare class in college, I was turned off by the modern psychologizing. Did Hamlet really have to kiss his mother longingly on the lips? It just made some things too explicit, but I guess that's the price of a single-minded interpretation of the play.

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532 days ago

King Lear is all about the scenery -- a homeless king wandering the blasted heath -- and Kurosawa captured it magnificently. He also captured the irrationality of Lear and projected it across the whole system of feudal warlords. But you don't need to think of Shakespeare even once to appreciate how beautiful this film is.

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532 days ago

It's a little hard to watch now in light of the subsequent revelation that Mel Gibson is a horrible human being, but I have to admit that I find his Hamlet very persuasive. I like Hamlet as a man of action (after all, he does send his childhood friends to be beheaded) who has been frustrated by experience, rather than as the incestuous brooder that Olivier imposed on us. Maybe Gibson found his ideal role in Hamlet because, after all, there's more than a little of the self-involved asshole in Shakespeare's character. Probably it's because Gibson is restrained by Francesco Zeffirelli's direction and, most of all, by Shakespeare's incomparable language.

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532 days ago

I liked 'Hamlet' w/Kenneth Branagh in the title role. It's a full-text film version of the book. It's also really long. Sorry this is a simplistic review, but 'I'm not a smart man, but I do know what love is.' Gump sucks, by the way.

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832 days ago


Pretty unintentionally hilarious incestuous version of Hamlet. Glenn Close (Gertrude) as Mel Gibson's (Hamlet) mother? Really? And when Mel throws Glenn on the bed and yells at her - the dry-humping factor easily hits a 9.

A version of hamlet that isn't aging well at all. . .

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832 days ago

For those of you who don't like Olivier's emo Halmet there is Mel Gibson's ANGRY Hamet. You might have been able to enjoy this a few years ago, but now all you'll think throughout this film is "I DESERVE to get BLOWN before the JACUZZI!"

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1063 days ago

Brilliant. Welles is porcine corruption, radiating sweat and evil, and Heston is very strong. Modern viewers who think of Heston as the aging man that an irresponsible Michael Moore took advantage of don't realize that the guy could flat out act.

The opening sequence of this film done in one continuous camera crane shot is among the finest achievements in cinema. See for yourself.

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1063 days ago

Decent but slightly uneven piece of work with a fine performance by Dan Duryea as a slimily charming pimp and the usual fine work by Edward G. Robinson as a lonely bank clerk. The under-rated Joan Bennett plays an alluring femme fatale hooker who lures him to his ruin, while claiming credit for his paintings, which he regards are garbage but are in fact excellent. Robinson's slow descent into madness is very good, Duryea is damn close to brilliant, and Bennett is not only good eye candy, but performs pretty well too. Well worth a look.

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