Branagh Version is more superior than Gibson version
Prologue: Portrayal of Women
"Our purpose may hold there. But stay, what noise? ...Let's follow." (4.7,164-196).
Branagh Film Version vs. Gibson Film Ver
"If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry...Or if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them." (3.1, 135-140).
In the movie Hamlet directed by Kenneth Branagh, the director uses the character, setting, and theme to illustrate that female characters have been compelled to lose their independence and social position due to the surrounding environment and time period.
"We should profane the service of the dead to sing a requiem and such rest to heras to peace-parted souls." (5.1, 230-232).
It is possible for Gertrude to hear Claudius' plan of murdering Hamlet, this could be proved by her later reaction when Claudius says "Let's follow." (4.7, 196). As a mother, she fears to stand out to protect her son. Although she is the Queen of Denmark, she still lacks power and could not rebel against Claudius' decisions.
"Affection! Pooh, you speak like a green girl, unsifted in such perilous circumstance." (1.3, 101-102).
Among all the characters that are suspected by Hamlet, Ophelia is treated with the most fierce and violent way. In this scene, he not only abuses Ophelia by using vulgar words to insult her but also physically hurt her. This scene portrays Ophelia as a powerless figure, which represents all females at that time period.
Ophelia's funeral in this movie takes place at night secretly, where only a few people attend. The priest also expresses the disrespect towards Ophelia during the rite. Despite the fact that suicide violates the religious commandment, it also demonstrates that the value of females is generally considered as insignificant, regardless of their social class.
Flashbacks are frequently used in this movie. As Polonius is blaming Ophelia of being an innocent girl, a flashback of Ophelia and Hamlet's intimate relationship is inserted. This piece represents that Ophelia's characteristic of vulnerability. She over-relies on Hamlet's love, which foreshadows Ophelia's tragic ending after experiencing Hamlet's rejection and Polonius' death.