I watched The Royal Shakespeare Company's verion of Hamlet yesterday. Yes, the one with David Tennant. Well, I started watching it yesterday but had to stop after about 2 hours because I was so tired and didn't want to miss a single scene. So I finished it today.
I am usually not a big fan of theatre on tv. I like going to the theatre once in while but on tv I prefer a more... realistic version, if you know what I mean. Nevertheless, I was really looking forward to seeing this version of Hamlet. I didn't manage to see it live on stage but I read so many positive reviews so I was really happy when I heard that they would bring all the actors back together and perform it again for a DVD release.
The film version is not exactly like the theatre version. You don't have two or three cameras pointed at a stage but proper sets even though they are still very spartanic and therefore carry this theatre feel. And you have some "effects" that you could not produce when just filming a performance on stage. So you get a slightly different version from their actual theatre performance but I believe that its still very close.
Well, not that we got those technical details out of the way, what can I say? The reviews didn't exagerate in the least. It is simply amazing. Every single actor in this play delivers such a flawless performance. But since, of course, I watched it mainly for David Tennant, I am going to concentrate on his Hamlet. He is the main character after all.( You all know the story, so no spoiler unless you are someone who counts things like The Titanic sinks, Troy falls, Anne Boleyn loses her head )