What do you get when you mix Shakespeare, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss and Gary Oldman? A mess, but a damn amusing one.Updating shakespeare is always a risky business, but infusing it with an absurdist sense of humor and a surreal sense of direction makes it even edgier.
But the proof is in the pudding, and indeed in the acting. Roth and Oldman as the aforementioned Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two bumble-headed boobies (to quote Doctor Smith) who don't know where they are, why they are there or what the hell is going on exactly. As they try to make head or tails of it all, their linguistic acrobatics are a source of humor and amazement. this film is less compelling and more intriguing. Less adventure and more achievement.
It's a film you really need to sit down in a quiet room with no distractions and watch intently, or you'll just not get it. I barely got it, but that's down to people making me get up every five minutes and make popcorn.
In all, RAGAR is one of those films you see so you know what the hell people are talking about - maybe even to feel a little superior to the yutz's watching Varsity Blues this weekend.It's not for everyone. And that's the point.