Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

I’ve been looking for this film for two years. For some reason, fate perhaps, we were never in the same store at the same time. I have a thing for plays made into movies. Yes, the movie is always a bit stagey, but on the other hand, this one is supposed to be stagey. It is, after all, a movie based upon a play based upon two characters from another play. If you are at all delighted by verbal acrobatics, the laws of physics, and existentialism (as I am), then this is the movie for you. Additionally, if you hate the art of mime, rent this movie and it will change your mind. Tim Roth and Gary Oldman are the lead characters, though we’re never quite sure which is which. They stumble through their part, trying to figure out why they are there and what is going on. The audience knows their fate and that they can’t escape it–but the process of getting from point A to point B is fascinating and hilarious. If you’re idea of entertainment is a good monster truck rally, do skip this film. But if you think, rent.

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