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John Malloy Portfolio 6, Entry 2 Lawrence Olivier’s version of Hamlet was definitely not my favorite. While Hamlet looked fit for the part, I could not stand listening to him. Everything he said sounded rather spacy, as if he was out of it. On top of that, everything sounded very scripted. All his lines were said without much emotion, or turmoil. He just rolled around on his rock by the cliff and spoke dazed-like while staring out at nothing. This setting also bugged me. It seemed uncharacteristic of Denmark with the huge cliffs over watching the open sea. When I think of Denmark’s geography, I think of green hilly areas. All these aspects of this version led to me hating it. Kenneth Branaugh’s version was a bit better. Hamlet seemed a bit more torn up about the decisions he was making. At times, though, he was a bit extreme. In the second scene we watched when he screamed and threw a huge fit, it seemed unrealistic. The fact that Hamlet seemed a bit old didn’t help.
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