Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hamlet 2

It's funny -- just the other day I was thinking that it would be funny to make a sequel to Hamlet. And here this movie pops up on TV. I didn't think I'd heard of it before, but who knows? Anyway, we really enjoyed it. The saving grace was the main character, a washed up actor turned drama teacher -- he's an idiot, but he has genuinely redeeming qualities. Acting that part was surely a delicate balance, and Steve Coogan really mastered it. Without that, the whole thing would have fallen flat. Elizabeth Shue as Elizabeth Shue was also a really great touch. The whole movie, like Be Kind Rewind, is a meditation on the idea that passion is more important than talent... and it ends up being weirdly inspirational.

1 comment:

  1. "the idea that passion is more important than talent"
    was driven home to me in a negative way when watching LOL ( back in 2006 at some film fest in SF. It was one of the first movies that was supposed to mine all the comedy inherent in our new instantaneous ever-present modes of communication. It was awful. All I kept thinking was that these people managed to make and market this movie from sheer will as none of them have any talent. Only Greta Gerwig managed to go on to better, or at least more commerical, projects.