A brilliant post on one of my favourite Shakespearian plays. I wholeheartedly agree and believe Tennant’s was one of the best Hamlets so far.
I saw Hamlet for the first time and for the fiftieth last night. I had not seen David Tennant’s ’09 production until now. He is certainly the most soulful Hamlet I have seen. His portrayal was also the most vulnerable as he is so thin and his eyes so big. He makes the scene with Gertrude more believable that he is her little boy, lost.
As excellent as Branagh was in that scene, he was too swaggering to be vulnerable. And Tennant’s madness was much more of an antic disposition than any I’ve seen.
He was wonderful, and as I am an experienced Hamlet-watcher, I was waiting to see if the director was going to suggest that Hamlet was really cracking up, or if he was truly faking it. He is faking it in this one.
Tennant’s scenes with Ophelia were not as touching as Branagh’s, nor his “Forty-thousand brothers” line, a…
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