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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) July 25, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Drama, Movies.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Actually Alive For Nearly All Of This Movie

Dir. Tom Stoppard

Starring Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss

Shakespeare can be a lot of things. Boring, stilted, vague, pompous. It can also be lots of good things in the hands of the right people. Tom Stoppard is one such person, which he proved to a general audience with his Shakespeare in Love, earning him an Oscar for best screenplay.

While that movie showed a glimpse into the authors possible surrounding affairs, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead take us behind the curtains of a play, as if it were real life. It shows us the lives and thoughts of two minor characters in Hamlet, as they struggle to find out what’s actually going on. Oh, and which of them is actually Rosencrantz and who is Guildenstern.

This is one of those movies where you can honestly say “you have to see it for yourself to get it”. The catch is that if you do get it, it is probably not what your friend got. Which is OK. That’s one of the many slightly pointy bits of this movie. Existential drivel has never been so entertaining, or well written, and if you’re not too sleepy you’ll be swept off with it. Do not, however, watch this if you’re ready for bed. I didn’t count the minutes, but there are parts with nothing much happening at all. I suppose it’s paced to give you time to think about what’s happening, much like the characters.

It’s at the very least a conversation piece, but hopefully more if you enjoy a different perspective of a known subject. Even if you’re “not that into Shakespeare”.

Keywords: Shakespeare, Quirky



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