Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead- June 1st

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
English- Dark Comedy
Rated “PG”
Runtime- 117 min.
dir. Tom Stoppard

I picked up this flick in replacement for another, grabbing it from a backlog of forgotten movies that I have been meaning to add to my schedule.

Adapted from the original stage play, the plot follows the off-screen (off-stage) antics of two somewhat trivial characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, walking a fine line between dark comedy and dramatic character study.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

The two characters speculate about issues like death, between their involvement in the “on-stage” drama and efforts to entertain themselves.

Acting: 2/2

With Tim Roth and Gary Oldman leading the way from the start, the rest of the ensemble has little to do to keep the plot moving.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

The set looks like it could fit, but it sometimes needs just a little more care put into the set dressing.

Sound/FX: 2/2

A lot of interesting physical visual effects that show the dramatic background of the production.  The amount of interaction between the reality of the main action, and that of the imagined reality really start to blur by the end because of these effects.

Misc: 1.5/2

A decent screen version of a good play.  I would like to see an actual stage production of this show sometime because of this film.

VERDICT: 8.5/10

You should absolutely see it if you are a fan of Shakespeare or Tom Stoppard.  Also should be pretty fun for fans of Roth or Oldman.


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