I don’t know if you like teenagers, but I do. They’re great; they’re terrible. But I re-read Hamlet for about the 15th time with my AP students and instead of reviewing what I thought about it for the 15th time, here’s what they said about it. The best day of class was when we talked about the “get thee to a nunnery” scene and one of my students called Hamlet a “fuck boy”.
I asked them to do a 25-50 word capsule review or an honest review of the play (we watched the David Tennant movie for they reference the film version):
- When it comes to the play Hamlet, the story was pretty interesting but not really my type of play. One thing I did enjoy about it through was its outlook on insanity and how in many ways it can be caused.
- 3.5/5 – Hamlet is a tragic WTF play. Certain parts can be seen as droll and monotone but Hamlet himself (as a character) adds much life to the play with his scenes. The characters are heavily uninteresting at times and drag on with much nonsense.
- Hamlet was a good play. I didn’t like the ending of the play. I felt that the play was long but short; I wish that more would have happened. I don’t like when everybody dies at the end because it makes me feel unsatisfied. It was very interesting to watch and how different events affect each and their motives. It was a great play but if you’re looking for a good ending this is not it.
- Over all, I really enjoyed reading and watching the play. The acting in the movie was sometimes over-dramatic and cringey, but compared to the other versions of the play, this seems to be the best version. Out of all the Shakespeare plays I’ve read and the other novels we’ve read, Hamlet was my favorite.
- Honestly the play/movies of Hamlet is a sad tragedy because Hamlet had one thing to do, which was to get revenge but instead of trying to get justice he got killed. In the beginning it was really good until Hamlet tried to make Claudius confess. I really didn’t understand how everyone got killed b/c of one person dying (King Hamlet) everyone tried killing each other.
- My honest review of Hamlet would be a 5/10. I give it a five for multiple reasons, but I’ll just talk about the main two. As far as the acting in this version it wasn’t the best that it could have been. Some scenes were too over-dramatic while others didn’t show as much emotion that was needed. For example, the scene with Ophelia singing and looking into the camera (I personally don’t like when actors do that). Another reason for me giving movie a 5 is because it’s not a movie I would watch on my own time. That’s why I fell asleep sometimes.
- Honestly I think this play was very realistic b/c Hamlet’s uncle kills King Hamlet to become King and then marries his wife and that’s could happen in real life. I kind of didn’t like it, it did not catch my attention. Because watching the play it looked sketchy.
- My review of Hamlet…10/10 IGN. Everyone dies TM. But on a serious note, even though I could barely understand what the people were saying, in the modern version I understood their thoughts. It had good humor, some action, and a great plot. Everything came together to produce the greatest ending ever.
- The storyline and plot of Hamlet was actually impressive. I didn’t think it was going to be good but it was. I do think Hamlet shaould’ve avenged his father’s death but Claudius still died so I guess you can say he did. The only problem I had with the play was the acting. I thought it was terrible…scenes were over-exaggerated, the characters were just awful. They made certain scenes just maybe because the Shakespearean language they used. I think if the play were performed it in plain English the play would’ve been better.
- My review of Hamlet is its basically organized chaos. It’s backstabbing the backstabber just to backstab a friend who backstabs you at the end and the original backstabber gets backstabbed by both you and goes YOLO and drinks poison. Oh and lots of poison.
- Hamlet is a great play..I’ll rate it 4 out of 5 rotten tomatoes. Loyalty and revenge play a big part in this play. If you’re a family man or interested in characters like Norman Bates being the hero, then this play is for you.