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Comparison of Ethan Hawke and Kenneth Branagh's Versions of Hamlet

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Comparison of Ethan Hawke and Kenneth Branagh's Versions of Hamlet

Modern day directors use a variety of methods to hold ones interest. Ethan Hawke and Kenneth Branagh’s created versions of Hamlet that shared some similarities, but ultimately had many differences in respects to an audience’s appeal. An appealing movie is one that has an alluring ambiance and an intellectual stimulus. With these two movie versions, a setting and a mood forced an audience to acquire specific emotions, but Ethan Hawke’s version generated emotions more strongly and effectively. Also, these movies had extremely different uses of music and visuals, but both movie versions incorporated them well for the ambiance it tried to obtain. Finally, both movie
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As well, the mood of darkness and fear in Branagh’s version was often lost with the abundance of information shared between the guards in the first few scenes. Hawke’s version of Hamlet was creative and artistic. His film had a setting and a mood that strongly influenced the ambiance and that created an abundance of thought for a modern audience. Therefore, Hawke’s Hamlet was more appealing to an audience in respects to the setting and the mood.

In these two movies, the right music and visuals had to be chosen in order to get the ambiance Hawke and Branagh tried to obtain. Each director chose different music and images that were very visual and auditive for an audience’s appeal. In Hawke’s version, visuals of New York and Times Square were appealing to an audience. Modern music at the beginning of the film caught the interest of the younger generation. As well, close ups of Hamlet were revealing to an audience and it was easy to feel infatuated by the character’s nihilistic despair. Branagh’s version used supernatural and dark visuals of ghosts, statues, and castles to produce feelings of awe and fear. The scene of the ghost was quick and staggering, and it created an automatic feeling of anxiety and fear. As well, the traditional use of classical music did a skillful job of creating suspense. Both directors appealed to an audience by using music and visuals that created an ambiance the directors desperately
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