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FOR MY FIRST POST let's see if I can organize my thoughts on Tennant's Hamlet into some sort of coherent order.

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF AKFLDKLDSDSJKLA;FSKLA OH MY GOD IT IS SO GOOD AND AMAZING AND UTTERLY HEARTBREAKING <333333333333

Okay, maybe not.

Instead, I shall put my assorted Thoughts and such below, bullet-point-style, along with the more entertaining of the IM comments passed between myself and [livejournal.com profile] oldstarnewshine . 

- Maddi: lol question it horatio!  you're learned!  you talk to the dead guy!

- "A little more than kin and less than kind" -- our first sense of Hamlet, of how any given actor is going to be playing the part we're going to watch for the next three hours, and Tennant NAILS it! 

- I love how Polonius is mouthing Laertes' speech to the king along with him, like he's rehearsed him in it a thousand times, and maybe even told him what to say.

- Also love how it's sort of echoed later, when Ophelia and Laertes mouth/say Polonius' lines along with him, because they are clearly lectures he's given them a hundred times before.

- Hamlet's reaction when he first sees Horatio: SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE omg they are so cute <3

- Jamie: pffffffft he wore his beaver up.  SO SRS
 Maddi: ITS A BIG DEAL
 Maddi: BEAVERS

- LAERTES IS SO AWKWARD TALKING TO OPHELIA IN THE FIRST SCENE.  LIKE "FFF I DON'T WANT TO BE TALKING ABOUT MY LITTLE SISTER'S "CHASTE TREASURE.""

- Ophelia: Something touching the lord Hamlet.
 Maddi: More like something about touching the lord Hamlet.


- The decision to cast Patrick Stewart as BOTH the ghost and Claudius?  AWESOME.  His performance as both?  BRILLIANT.

- "Smiling damned villain" -- I don't think I've ever seen this bit done better, I really don't.

- REYNALDO <3 <3  Such a tiny part, but done with such excellence!  He made it very memorable and hilarious!

- "To be or not to be" -- done with GORGEOUS subtlety.  He resisted what is probably a strong urge that so many Hamlet's give in to, to Make a Speech.  Nothing pulls me out of the moment faster than the feeling that the actor is thinking "I am now going to say the most famous soliloquy in all of English drama."  But the way he did it, it just felt so organic and natural, like he was thinking it and saying it right there, like it was all brand new. 

- Ophelia's got great development.  When we first see her, she seems healthy and normal and happy, but not overly free or strong-willed.  Then here, with the 'get thee to a nunnery' scene, you can see the strain.  She has this feeling of being brittle, like one more shock could shatter her.  It's a believable buildup to her mad scenes.

- Maddi: oh god i've just told them all this crap about how depressed i am and they're going to tell my MOTHER

- Hamlet's whistling.  So excellent. 

- Maddi: how fares our cousin hamlet, who can whistle like a mofo

Re: Claudius' scene after the play-within-a-play:
 Maddi: he's so disgusted with himself.  it's a thing of beauty.
Jamie: and still going on with it
Jamie: he is as disgusted with what he's done as it is possible to be without giving himself up
Maddi: it's like a spiral, he hates himself because he killed his brother, and he hates himself for hating himself for killling his brother
Jamie: and he hates hamlet for making him think about killing his brother
Maddi: how dare he make me think abuot the fact that i'm a murderer
Jamie: I AM TRYING TO HAVE A PLEASANT EVENING AT THE THEATER


- When the ghost comes to Hamlet when he is talking to his mother, and he cries that it goes "out at the portal" -- the "portal" is not the door to the room, but the shattered mirror/closet door.  I love it.

- Jamie:   PLEASE STOP HAVING SEX, MOTHER
Jamie: 
IT'S ICKY

- Jamie: that's the
other thing, he's not obsessed with his mother having sex because he's oedipal!  HE'S OBSESSED BECAUSE SHE'S HIS MOTHER, SLEEPING WITH HIS UNCLE, AND IT'S ICKY

- Love the moment when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are sent to find Hamlet and discover where he's hidden Polonius' body and they look UTTERLY TERRIFIED.  Because, yes, if a former friend had already tried to strangle you with a recorder, then shot and killed an old man, and was running around unhinged and probably armed, YOU'D BE SCARED OUT OF YOUR WITS AS WELL.

- Jamie: 
...did they tape him to an office chair?
 Jamie: ...wow.
 Maddi: 
bondage!hamlet.  surely this is merely an artistic decision.

- Jamie: FOR ENGLAND
 Jamie: AND OFFSTAGE PIRATES

- Jamie: *I WILL MUSH THIS OFFICE CHAIR UNTIL I GET TO ENGLAND*
 Jamie: WHEEEEE

- Maddi: hey look!  another conveniently metaphorical smashed mirror

- Jamie: sir patrick can say huggermugger with a straight face.  that's more than i can do.

- Totally shallow musings on fashion: 
                    - Gertrude's blue dress in the first scene - GORGEOUS.  Completely innappropriate, yes.  But gorgeous.
                    - Had a lot of fun watching the deterioration of Hamlet's ShinyHair from the first scene.
                    - Ophelia's dress in the play-within-a-play scene is lovely and I want it
                    - Much love for Hamlet's SKEWED CROWN OF AWESOME!
                    - Laertes in a black turtleneck and a black leather jacket with a gun, storming in all full of passion?  Yum.
                    - Hamlet being shipped off to England sports an unfortunate STUBBLY BEARD OF WOE that would be a lot more convincing if they didn't zoom in on a SUPER CLOSEUP of his face.  He also wears a rather silly hobo!hat.  I have dubbed him, for this scene, hobo!hamlet.
                     - Horatio's COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAT (in the gravedigger scene)!  IT IS A THING OF BEAUTY.

- Upon Laertes' instant agreement to Claudius' evil Plot O' Doom: 
  Jamie: I WILL DO IT
  Jamie: I DON'T EVEN NEED TO THINK ABOUT IT
  Jamie: I AM A FOIL, I AM ALL ACTION WITHOUT THOUGHT, HAVE I MADE THIS CLEAR ENOUGH?

- Laertes' face when Gertrude tells him Ophelia's drowned: heartbreaking.

- Maddi: gertrude: concerned about ophelia's chaste treasure even after her death


- Maddi notes that the fencing weapons are accurate.  I know nothing of fencing, but she assures me that this is usually overlooked and very annoying when gotten wrong, so, HOORAY!

- HE SHRUGS.  CLAUDIUS SHRUGS WHEN FORCED TO TAKE POISON.  FFFFFFFFFFFF

- The ending: I can't even address the ending.  It hurts my heart too badly to discuss it.  And that, I think, should give you some idea of how amazing it is. 

IN CONCLUSION:  AWESOME.

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