Monday, September 1, 2008

Hamlet 2

Movie name: Hamlet 2
Year of release: 2008
Director: Andrew Fleming
Stars: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue, Marshall Bell, Amy Poehler, Melonie Diaz, Skylar Astin, Phoebe Strole, Joseph Julian Soria
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 5

Synopsis:Andrew Fleming has directed two films that were considerable successes in the 90s, namely "Threesome" and "The Craft". "Hamlet 2" has a great premise: a washed out actor, now a drama teacher in Tucson, Arizona, decides to write a play to save his drama department, and chooses a sequel to "Hamlet", one that involves time traveling and the appearance of religious figures. Steve Coogan plays Dana Marschz as an enthusiastic teacher, with drinking problems and a lack of confidence that doesn't deter him of throwing himself at his tasks. He convinces his students to be a part of a play that causes waves of shock around the community - one that includes the song "Rock me sexy Jesus". The film lives from a fantastic premise, however there are times where you feel the film falters and where things could have gone further along and where the satire could've been more incisive. The cast is really wonderful, but Catherine Keener and David Arquette don't have much to do - Elisabeth Shue has fun playing a different version of herself and Amy Poelher is, as always, hilarious. Steve Coogan ends up having the show to himself and he runs with it.