The performance to be analyzed in this article is the 2009 blockbuster television film version of Hamlet. The article attempts to explore one of the major themes in the performance --- loyalty. In the following paragraphs, the selected version will be firstly introduced. A brief summary of plot of the film will also be provided. Of course, most of the writing will concentrate on “loyalty” in the film, including “loyalty” reflected on the important characters as well as the tactics utilized in the film to highlight the theme. Finally, a concise conclusion will be presented.
Introduction of the play
The 2009 television film version of Hamlet is an adaptation of 2008 award-winning modern-dress stage production of Hamlet produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Wilson, 2009). The television film was released on December 26, 2009 in UK and it was broadcasted on BBC (Wilson, 2009). The film is directed by Gregory Doran and the whole play lasts 185 minutes (Wilson, 2009). This television film receives much attention partly because it has employed many modern elements to make William Shakespeare’s masterpiece Hamlet reappear to the audiences in a fresh style. Modern devices such as guns, security cameras and one-way mirror are adopted in the performance. Hamlet is wearing modern T-shirt and jeans while Claudius is suited and booted. Another reason to make the film attractive lies in the selection of actors. Hamlet is acted by David Tennant, who is famous for performing in the Doctor Who. Claudius is acted by Patrick Stewart who is one the main characters in X-men.
The author of the article believes that this is a wonderful version to be probed. Although the properties are contemporary and the settings are splendid which are in accordance with taste of many modern audience, the story is true to the original. Both the plot and the temperament of characters comply with the original play. Another reason to choose this... [continues]
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