Positive things about the Oscar Isaac Hamlet because I swear I’m trying
- First off, Keegan Michael Key played the stand in for Old Hamlet in the dumb show and did a fake death that I swear went on for about three minutes and had me ROARING. Half the actors were visibly laughing when it was clear they were not supposed to
- After “And let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them; for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered:
that’s villanous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it,” all of the other players stared significantly at Key and he got all offended and it was HILARIOUS
- He was the first and only Hamlet I’ve ever seen that was princely and justified all those lines about Hamlet being beloved by the common man. He was charismatic, magnetic, and charming AS WELL AS complicated and sad
- Every single soliloquy (perhaps with the exception of To be or not to be, which…I blame the director) was outstanding. He gave me the stand up comedian Hamlet I’ve been longing for and there were lines in that play I heard for the first time because of him
- The balance of comedic madness with very real depression was flawless. Also, he took off his pants every single time he was “mad”
- For the first time, I didn’t want to punch Hamlet in the balls for leaping into Ophelia’s grave. His sorrow was so profoundly believable, I stopped thinking about how shitty a thing it was to do
- His VERSE SPEAKING ABILITY WAS IMPECCABLE. He was on his voice, the language was in his body from head to toe, and he achieved that magic alchemy of balancing heightened language with rooted emotion. He found the poetry AND the simplicity.
In short, Oscar Isaac should play every single major Shakespeare role forever and ever. He’s Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Ian McKellen good. And I don’t think that’s an exaggeration.