Saturday, July 25, 2009

And starring Draco Hamlet.

Lesley and I recently saw 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' (okay, we've seen it twice, don't you judge me) and thoroughly enjoyed it. The aesthetic that David Yates brings to these films is quite terrific.

Anyway, multiple times in the film a very Nordic looking character is brooding about the castle, vacillating whether he should kill a father figure that another father figure has asked him to kill, never quite bringing himself to do it. Yes, Draco and Hamlet are amazingly similar.

In the scene shown above the camera glides by a sulking Draco, it could easily stop on a close up

Draco: O, that this too too solid flesh would melt
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew.

In the above scene, riveted with doubt over his assignment, Draco pauses as he looks in the mirror.

Draco: To be, or not to be: that is the question:

This game gave me a ton of enjoyment. If and when you see the movie try to find places for all six soliloquies. You'll be amazed how well they fit.


  1. I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I don't like most of the harry potter movies, except #3 (bless you, Mr. Cuaron), but this one was pretty good. I liked Draco's suit.

    Tone, am I supposed to know 6 monologues from Hamlet? Let's see, there's the part where Hamlet arrives at the castle and everyone else leaves and he's alone in the room. There's the part where he's carrying the book before Polonius interrupts him. There's the one where he's looking into the one way mirrors and the uncle is watching him through the other side. And there's the one watching the grave digger. Those are the scenes where I remember Kenny Branagh talking for a really long time. Especially that grave digger one. holy cow.

    Hey tone, what shakepeare play should my school make a film of next?

  2. I'm not about to pretend to know all the soliloquies, but I know OF them. They're listed on several websites like this one:

    Hmmm...Macbeth was a good choice for the first. I'll spitball a few options.

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is fun and very adaptable to different concepts and time periods (modern, disco, sixties, Victorian, avant garde, you name it.)

    Henry V would be good if you had a kid who could handle being Henry. (On THIS! OUR SAINT CRISPIN'S DAY! and the army goes NUTS!!!)

    Julius Caesar has lots of good parts and interesting themes about greed and corruption that can easily mirror modern times.

    Duck Soup is also a great...classic.

  3. I've actually been considering Henry V. I'm thinking about making it a sci-fi adventure. Instead of the French, they're fighting a planet of (helpless) aliens. I want to try some old fashioned special effects (circa Star Trek II) with models and green screen and stop motion monsters and explosions.