(Original post by morematterlessartx)
Ahh sounds amazing, I was gutted I didn't manage to get tickets!
I was extremely lucky to get tickets tbh. It was justifiably sold out months in advance. I've seen a lot of great films and quite a few great plays but I don't think I've seen many performances as stunning as Spacey's Richard III (it was directed fantastically by Sam Mendes which helped of course!). He delivered humour, pathos, anguish, despair, fear and greed all with equal brilliance. The whole thing lasted more than 3 hours, and even in the last half an hour or so that builds up to the Battle of Bosworth not one person moved from the edge of their seat. I've never seen anything like it. I would happily see it several times more if I could, and that's a rare thing to say about something that lasts so long and is so intense. Despite not being as prolific as them yet, Spacey's definitely right up there with Olivier, Gielgud, Burton and O'Toole as one of the greatest modern Shakespearian actors. I think Spacey's one of those actors whose talents can't quite be seen to their full extent in ordinary movies; you need to see him in this sort of role, as a Shakespearian protagonist, to realise his full capabilities.
(Original post by floralia)
That was amazing. Someone told me some people had been saying he wasn't good, but I thought he was fantastic.
Who told you that?? Maybe they didn't understand the play itself, or lost interest half way through? I still find it surprising because, even to me, someone who's unfamiliar with the play, it was absolutely riveting throughout and both the events themselves and the character of Richard were very easy to relate to. Maybe that's testament to how good Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes were, perhaps.
Underrated: Gary Oldman and Alan Rickman, such diverse actors who have played so many diffferent roles, especially Oldman who many people don't acknowledge, I say Gary Oldman and my friends are like: "Who?" and only recognise him by face when I saw who he has played.
Overrated: Tom Cruise, he's done good films in the past, but now it seems he just churns out pointless hollywood action films, Knight and Day was terrible.