Hamlet 2

Sunday, December 21, 2008
The last (for now) in the recent Films de Fromage series that's been taking over my spare time recently. I give you...Hamlet 2. The previews for this had me giggling thinking it might not be so bad. Likely a laugh or two. So I settled in with my popcorn, a cozy blanket, and a couple of cats snoring beside me and pressed play. What a disaster.

Steve Coogan stars as Dana Marschz, a terrible actor turned even worse high school drama teacher with a fondness for turning blockbuster movies into disasterous plays. In a last ditch effort to save his career, Dana is hoping to put on a blockbuster of his own making - a sequel to one of the greatest plays in history, Shakespeare's Hamlet. Featuring a time travelling Danish prince and a guest appearance by a modern incarnation of the son of God himself, Dana's play has the whole town talking. Talking about shutting it down, that is. Will his lawyer with her balls of steel be able to protect Dana's right to free speech or, like the Bard's original play, will the whole thing end up a big mess in the end?

This movie was bad. Really bad. Apparently Steve Coogan is funny. Lots of people think so. However, if this was any indication of his comedic calibre, I don't understand how he's made a career out of it. There were few if any laughs. The only redeeming quality of this movie? The big musical number...Rock Me Sexy Jesus. Yes, that is NOT a typo. It's catchy and fun, with a great beat but be warned, you'll likely be singing it for days to come.

I suggest you give this a big pass when you're looking for something to rent at the video store. You've just seen the best part anyway.

0 cannonballs out of 5. Have I ever done that before? I don't think so but this certainly deserves it. Although I will admit, if someone was to actually put this play within a play on, I'd probably go and see it.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's too bad, because I really was looking forward to ROck Me Sexy Jesus and generally have a lot of respect for Steve Coogan.

SME said...

Wow, a 0....
This movie sounds as bad as "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story".

tweetey30 said...

Never heard of the guy.. But glad to hear of the review..

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