Jude Law's Hamlet Slays Critics

Movie star's Shakespeare turn gets strong notices
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2009 11:03 AM CDT
Jude Law's Hamlet Slays Critics
British actor Jude Law presents his latest movie, Sleuth, competing in the 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Jude Law took to the stage last night for the opening performance of Hamlet in London, and newspapers were largely impressed by the actor's take on the melancholy Dane. In the Telegraph, Charles Spencer writes that Law showed "rare vulnerability and emotional openness" in Shakespeare's toughest role. Dressed in black jeans, a worn T-shirt, and often near tears, Law "joins the modern pantheon of spellbinding sweet princes."

In the Guardian, Michael Billington is more tempered but praises Law for an introverted, depressive Hamlet "undermined by a built-in death wish." Young audiences have flocked to the sold-out production, and while the show packs no great surprises for Shakespeare fans, "people who come to patronize Jude Law as a movie star essaying the great Dane will be in for a shock." (Read more Jude Law stories.)

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