MWG: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

MWG: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

July was Jer’s pick for the  Movie Watching Group (MWG). He waited until August 1st to make his pick and then I forgot to post about it until now. He picked one of his favorite movies since he hadn’t seen it in a while so this was a good reason to make others see it too.

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Netflix Synopsis: Director Tom Stoppard turns William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” topsy-turvy in this witty, existential puzzle box, presenting the play from the view of trivial characters Rosencrantz (Gary Oldman) and Guildenstern (Tim Roth). Beckoned to find the cause of the Danish prince’s malaise, the duo strolls into the midst of the royal intrigue. But with no memory of Hamlet (or anything else), they’re mystified by their mission — and oblivious to their fate.

RT Score: 69%

Watch it and come back here to review it!

3 Replies to “MWG: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”

  1. Good movie. I like the banter between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. I should have reread Hamlet before I started watching though. It would have initially made a lot more sense and I would have gotten more of the jokes I think. I really like both Gary Oldman and Tim Roth. I think this is the type of movie I could actually watch this a few more times and get more out of it.

  2. The first thing I thought was OMG everyone looks soooooooo young! Then I lol’d at the blues music, then I remembered how much easier this was to understand when we watched it in English class and had just been studying Hamlet! Still enjoyed it – great acting and writing!

  3. I remember enjoying this a lot the first time I saw it, but then I remembered more of Hamlet at the time. I haven’t read or seen a Hamlet movie in years so I know some things flew right over my head. I still enjoyed it. I loved how Gary Oldman’s character (since I can’t remember who was who and neither could they) appeared to be the stupider of the two, but was figuring out physic problems before they were actually “discovered” by other people. I loved that stuff happening in the background that Tim Roth kept ignoring or messing up whatever experiment he had going on. Both Gary Oldman and Tim Roth were excellent.

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