Hamlet Film Comparison Essay

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Hamlet : Film Comparison
Kenneth Branagh Vs Gregory Doran
Hamlet, a play written by the famous William Shakespeare has effected the world especially in the media field. Famous directors Kenneth Branagh and Gregory Doran each made a movie based on William Shakespeare Hamlet. Kenneth Branagh directed a 1996 version of Hamlet while Gregory Doran directed a 2009 version of Hamlet. These movies did have various similarities in the scenes, while some scenes in the Hamlet movies were portrayed differently from each other as well. In Hamlet Act 1 Scene 5, Kenneth Branagh and Gregory Doran each had a different view on how they would portray this scene. Branagh has Hamlet,Horatio, and Marcellus in a creepy looking dark forest while Gregory Doran uses a dark foggy room with some moonlight. The interesting thing about Branagh version of Hamlet is that he uses different settings throughout the whole film while Doran version of Hamlet goes back to using the dark foggy room in later scenes in the movie. These two directors each had a unique way to portray the ghost of Hamlet Sr. as they both had different views on how he should look,speak, and act. Gregory Doran gets the same actor to act as King Claudius and Hamlet Sr. Ghost to get the viewers thinking on why that director did something like that while Branagh uses different actor to be both Claudius and Hamlet Sr. Ghost. The ghost of Hamlet Sr. had a intimidating look in Branagh's version while Gregory Doran gives the ghost of Hamlet Sr. a less intimidating look. In Doran version of Hamlet, there was no usage of flashbacks unlike Branagh's version, where the viewers get to see Hamlet Sr. die in front of his own brother Claudius and his past life as well. They each both had a different taste in music for the settings, Branagh uses more relaxing music while Doran uses music that would instill fear into the viewers watching this scene. We can conclude that even though the movies were portrayed in different ways, its was interesting to see that both movies were not exactly similarity as well

First off you answer the question well. It is clear what you point you are making and you explain the examples well but let's make it a little more eloquent and exciting!

In general:
Plus make sure to italicize the title Hamlet when mentioning the play or one of the movies!
You use the word "uses" a lot. Look up some synonyms that can work just as well.

For the first line:
Hamlet, a play written by the famous William Shakespeare has effected the world especially in the media field.
what you're saying is a good opener but lets change the verb so it is more active and be a little more specific about what you are going to talk about (a comparison of different interpretations of Hamlet portrayed in film):

William Shakespeare's Hamlet has inspired many authors, artists, and readers including directors and actors in the film industry.

Then I would add another sentence about how Hamlet has stimulated various interpretations.

The rest:
Correction/additions in red, comments in green: Famous directors Kenneth Branagh and Gregory Doran each made a movie based on William Shakespeare'sHamlet. Kenneth Branagh directed a 1996 version of Hamlet while Gregory Doran directed a 2009 version of Hamlet. Both movies had similarities , while some scenes were portrayed differently in each movie . (Either start a new paragraph here or add "For example,") In Hamlet Act 1 Scene 5, Kenneth Branagh and Gregory Doran portray the scene differently . Branagh has Hamlet, Horatio, and Marcellus in a creepy dark forest while Gregory Doran uses a moonlit dark, foggy room . Interestingly, Branagh uses different settings throughout the whole film while Doran continually goes back to using the dark foggy room . Also, each director had a unique way to portray the ghost of Hamlet Sr. (Confused about what you are trying to say here in this next sentence) Gregory Doran gets the same actor to act as King Claudius and Hamlet Sr. Ghost to get the viewers thinking on why that director did something like that while Branagh uses different actors to portray Claudius and Hamlet Sr.'s Ghost. The ghost of Hamlet Sr. had a intimidating look in Branagh's version while Gregory Doran gives the ghost of Hamlet Sr. a less threatening look. In Doran's version of Hamlet, there was no usage of flashbacks unlike Branagh's version, where the viewers get to see Hamlet Sr. die in front of his own brother Claudius (the last part after "and" makes no sense) and his past life as well. They also had a different taste in music for the settings. Branagh uses more relaxing music while Doran uses fearful, dramatic music .

Let's polish closing sentence:
We can conclude that even though the movies were portrayed in different ways, its was interesting to see that both movies were not exactly similarity as well.

Comparing scenes from Branagh's and Doran's Hamlet, one can see each director had his own unique vision of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Hope this helps! Good luck!

Hamlet Comparison Essay: Movie vs. Play

2586 WordsJun 3rd, 201311 Pages

Ambrosia Mitchell
3/6/13
English 12

And the Academy Award for Being Over Dramatic Goes To… Tony Robbins said, “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others”. Shakespeare’s writing has had many different ways of being presented because people perceive it in different ways. Whether it is a literal representation or a spin, directors like to show viewers the way they perceive the text. In the movie version of Hamlet the director, Kenneth Branagh, wanted the viewers to find Shakespeare interesting and full of action and drama. Kenneth chose the right direction to go in to keep the audience’s attention but it…show more content…

Kenneth Branagh made it seem like Hamlet was following his father’s orders even though in the play he wasn’t. This made the audience feel better about Hamlet because he was actually taking action. Although Kenneth’s version of Hamlet’s character took action it is not as tragic as Hamlet’s character in the play because by Hamlet not taking action it shows how sensitive and hurt he was.
Hamlet’s father died a tragic death. Shakespeare never clearly states the atmosphere and setting of where Claudius poisoned his brother but Branagh chose a clever way to show it. The scene started off outside of the castle on a snowy day. King Hamlet was taking a nap in a chair when Claudius snuck up behind him. Claudius poured poison in the ear of the king and that is when Hamlet awoke from his sleep and started choking. He looked his brother in the eye and died. Kenneth really made it apparent how evil Claudius is. He watched his own brother die and he felt nothing. He made Claudius act the same way as Shakespeare wrote his character to be. Shakespeare had chosen to have Claudius tell the people of Denmark that Hamlet had been killed by a snake. The snake is a perfect symbol of Claudius. Ever since the beginning of time snakes have been viewed as evil because of the story of Adam and Eve. G-d told Adam and Eve to not eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge. While Adam was elsewhere a snake, the devil, came to Eve. He used his sly ways to convince Eve to eat

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