Branagh's Much Ado is also really good. The Brando Julius Caesar is pretty great.
If anyone saw it in theatres a few months back, Cumberbatch was in a Hamlet production that was pretty clever.
Richard III is by far the best "Shakespeare in a modern setting" movie.
A lot of Shakespeare's works suffer from an odd "time compression" problem when made into movies.
In the original stage versions, the story would be broken down into a number of acts and scenes, the events of which were often separated by an unspecified amount of time. In a movie, you don't have those breaks and everything seems to happen very quickly.
I'm not sure there's a way to avoid this while still doing a line-for-line faithful adaptation of the play. Having the movie cut to a title screen saying "6 months later" or "3 weeks later" every 20 minutes or so isn't really practical from a directorial standpoint.
Patrick Stewart's Macbeth by the BBC is by far the fucking best. 10/10 casting for Macbeth, Banquo, and Lady Macbeth. Kate Fleetwood was GOAT (despite those fucking cheekbones I mean holy shit)
Ralph Fiennes is god-tier in that movie, both his directing and his acting, but I think he pushed it a little too far into the present. Ancient Roman politics and social issues just don't translate very well to a realistic 21st century setting.
Richard III was pushing it with medieval politics in the 1930s, but still managed to pull it off by being a little more aesthetically different from the real-world 1930s.
I'm going to mention Titus Andronicus.
The movie follows almost to a T.
its underrated as fuck
>mfw seen countless of operas at the theater but no Shakespeare
First act, scene three, towards the end of his conversation with Banquo after encountering the witches, he has a few asides. If I recall correctly, he also has a few more asides during the rest of the play as well.
I liked Richard II
The BBC modern-dress adaptation of Hamlet was surprisingly good. It's nice seeing actors like Patrick Stewart and David Tennant return to their theatre roots.
I'm seeing this at film forum tomorrow, I'll let you guys know
I felt bad for Coriolanus, though. Dude was cucked so hard.
>spend your whole life fighting for your country
>get elected consul
>immediately betrayed by the politicians and banished
>forced to join forces with your mortal enemy
>lead his armies to the gates of your homeland
>finally make peace
>get murdered for it