This is without a doubt the finest screen adaptation of any of Shakespeare’s plays. Kenneth Branagh’s passion and respect for the work is evident in each scene. With Charlton Heston, Derek Jacobi, Richard Sewell, Jack Lemmon and Richard Briers to name a few. Hamlet was the first British film for over 25 years to be filed in wide-screen 70mm. An artistic triumph. George Florence
Hamlet, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home for his father's funeral and his mother's wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural episode, he discovers that his uncle, whom he hates anyway, murdered his father. In an incredibly convoluted plot--the most complicated and most interesting in all literature--he manages to (impossible to put this in exact order) feign (or perhaps not to feign) madness, murder the prime minister, love and then unlove an innocent whom he drives to madness, plot and then unplot against the uncle, direct a play within a play, successfully conspire against the lives of two well-meaning friends, and finally take his revenge on the uncle, but only at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own and his mother's.