So I just realized that I’ve spent way too much time looking at still photos from various recent Hamlet productions. Regrettably I haven’t been able to watch a single one despite the fact that the Tennant’s portrait of the prince is readily available on the internet. But it is actually quite interesting just to get a feel of these productions just from the stills, although the impression is just fragmentary and it is probably not to fair to judge just from the photos. But here’s some preliminary impressions anyways
Whishaw: (yes saw some clips) young, neurotic, passion flying everywhere, partly reflected in the rich color of the costume, esp. when in the Hamlet + Gertrude scene. Mummy issues (although in reality Fiennes is probably the one with Mummy issues *snicker*-Sorry Ralph, you’re one fine actor though)
Law: expansive land of loneliness and isolation. Things go on very much in his head. Also the still set I like the most since it is really consistent in delivering that feeling of powerlessness and helplessness.
Kinnear: Treasury’s broke, cannot afford Savile Row (WTF)
Tennant (BBC): One funny, crazy prince (still photo impression). Loved the way he delivered “to be or not to be”- He makes enough and right pauses to give time for reflection.
Really gotta find time to sit down and watch Tennant/RSC production first.