Even now, hundreds of years after his death, Shakespeare is hailed as one of the greatest writers ever. Why, you might ask? What’s all the fuss, when I can barely understand what he’s written, with all that outdated language? It’s my argument that Shakespeare never meant for his plays to be read, but rather for people to see them performed, which is why there have been so many marvelous films based on Shakespeare’s works. Not sure what I mean? Keep reading… here are 7 wonderful Shakespeare movies!
1. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
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These two were Hamlet’s hapless frenemies in the classic Shakespeare play, but this take is a bit unusual, being told from their clueless perspective. Gary Oldman and Tim Roth are brilliant in the title roles, and though we all know what happens to them in the end, the fun, of course, is getting them there.