Tom Stoppard is quite possibly the greatest writer plying his trade today. I don't know of anyone who exhibits such a nimble wit and encyclopedic knowledge of English literature. This adaptation of his play (which he also directed) is Hamlet from the absurdist point of view of two minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. It cleverly takes on everything from questions of identity to the nature of scientific discovery and inspiration to the relationship between performers and viewers. The moments where it intersects with Hamlet are just the icing on the cake. You may never see a smarter, funnier movie.
"Winner of the prestigious Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion Award - Best Picture. ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD is based on Tom Stoppard's award-winning play. It's the inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the viewpoint of two of the work's supporting, but certainly more outrageous, characters. In this cleverly inspired version, however, the Shakespearean equivalents of Laurel and Hardy get a chance to take the lead roles in a dazzling setting where illusion and reality overlap! Critically acclaimed and featuring witty performances by Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Roth and Gary Oldman, this brilliant motion picture delivers exceptional one-of-a-kind entertainment!"