GREETINGS TO ALL FROM MALICE-CORP.COM. In my last article I talked a bit about Gary Oldman in the new game Squadron 42. It got me thinking about some of my favorite movies and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead just jumped into my head. Never heard of this movie? Well that is not surprising; according to Box Office Mojo.com it only made $739,104. This is a tragedy on par with the play by William Shakespeare that the movie is adapted from; Hamlet.
The movie is based on a play by Tom Stoppard. Tom Stoppard also wrote the screenplay and directed the movie. Rotten Tomatoes give only a score of 68%, but an audience score of 88%. When the movie released it had mostly positive critical success. The movie did win a Golden Lion from the 47th Venice International Film Festival, but no American based awards.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead was adapted from the point of view of two very minor characters in the hamlet, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern. These two were a bit of comic relief and a minor plot device in the original play. Avoiding spoilers for those of you that don’t know Hamlet or Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, I will say this adaption completely changes the feel of the story from intrigue and tragedy to comedy and tragedy. The game of questions that Rosencrantz & Guildenstern play has me in stitches every time I watch it.
Tim Roth and Gary Oldman do an amazing job making you fall in love with these to morons that might just be geniuses. They play the roles of fools perfectly with moments of pure insight that is shocking and entertaining.
Richard Dreyfuss portrayal of an leader of an acting troupe will have you confused but still laughing. His little band of players are probably the most confusing thing about the movie, but still very funny.
The movie has its really odd moments, but has a charm all its own. Give it a watch and give me a comment below on your thoughts. Does this movie deserve to be classed as a cult classic? I think it does, or should it just be forgotten?
Jack Malice, Contributor and founder