Director and star Kenneth Branagh brings another Shakespearean adaptation to the screen. Hamlet (Branagh), Prince of Denmark, vows revenge when informed by the ghost of his murdered father (Brian Blessed) that the present king Claudius (Derek Jacobi) was responsible. Spurning the romantic advances of his sweetheart Ophelia (Kate Winslet), Hamlet attempts to open the eyes of his mother Gertrude (Julie Christie), whom Claudius has now wed. However, Hamlet's procrastination when it comes to killing Claudius costs more lives.
This is an outstanding film, the best Shakespeare film I have ever seen, and one of the best films I have seen. Superbly photographed (in 70mm) with superb production design, the language is easy to understand and the performances outstanding, especially Derek Jacobi as Claudius, Julie Christie as Gertrude and a career best Charlton Heston as the Player King. A truly exceptional achievement.