Hamlet 2 (2008)

Sometimes I have a misguided love for certain films that don’t live up to future re-watchings.  They’re often overly quirky, feature dry, unorthodox characters and acting and story lines, and are potentially offensive to some.  Far too many times, these movies that I championed as “must watches” end up just being hard to re-watch.  Thankfully, that is not entirely the case with Hamlet 2, though I will concede that it wasn’t as great as I first thought it was.  That may be because I have a feeling that it may have helped inspire fucking “GLEE”.

Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan) is a high school drama teacher in Tuscon, Arizona and he truly lives up to the old adage of “those who cannot do, teach”.  He’s not a talented actor at all, and the plays his classes put on are just interpretations of Hollywood films like Erin Brockovich or Mississippi Burning.  His wife, Brie (Catherine Keener), is casually cruel to both him and their boarder, Gary (David Arquette) but Dana just appears to be so self-involved that he doesn’t recognise her attacks on him.  ANYWAYS, Drama gets cancelled and as a last ditch effort to save the arts, Dana puts on a play that he personally wrote, a sequel to William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”.

It’s such an out-there concept and what Coogan does with the character, it’s nearly beyond description.  He’s at times both blissfully unaware of everything and then it all comes crashing down into him and really, it’s such a bizarre kind of movie that – while I’m a big fan of it – I can’t really wholeheartedly endorse it as a great movie.  The people that love it, WILL LOVE IT, but most of us will probably think “that was … interesting” and never again think of it.

3.5 / 5

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Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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