Monday, December 06, 2010

1009: Hamlet

MST3k, Experiment #1009


Hamlet returns to his remarkably minimalistic palace in Denmark and finds out his father is dead and his uncle Claudius has married his mother Gertrude. His father's ghost appears, and tells Hamlet to avenge him forthwith. Hamlet stages a play to confirm Claudius' guilt and his mother's compliance, but then inadvertently kills his girlfriend Ophelia's father, Polonius. This drives her insane, while her brother Laertes sets out to avenge his father's death. In a climactic swordfight, Claudius tries to poison Hamlet with Laertes' sword and a poisoned cup. Gertrude takes the poison cup out of guilt, while Hamlet realizes Laertes' sword is poisoned...

This movie isn't quite so painful as it is simply boring. Even as a movie verison of a boring play, this one is exceptionally boring. A lot of people insist this one's hard to sit through, but I disagree. It's really easy, as long as you have a deck of cards to play with or someone to talk to.

The segments are kind of amusing, but nothing really to go on about. It's the riffing, and ONLY the riffing, that even remotely holds this one together.

Honestly, I put this one on late at night, hoping to have it put me to sleep... but instead I was awake through it all. Maybe because I hadn't bothered watching it in quite a while, so I really enjoyed the jokes. Anyways, it's not a bad episode... just bland and kind of meh.

Favourite line: "I wonder what her skull is like."

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