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Much Ado About Nothing 1993

Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well...

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Excellent, accesible Shakespeare, nice to see Branagh actually do something that Olivier didn't do. The whole cast does extremely well, EVEN KEANU REEVES! Remarkable. Brannagh can get a performance out of him, but the Wachowski Bros? Nope.
In this joyous feel-good story with a twist, Kenneth Branagh & Emma Thompson bring Shakespeare alive with humourous, witty & radiant exchanges.
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Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Stars Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Richard Briers, Keanu Reeves, Kate Beckinsale, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Imelda Staunton, Brian Blessed
PG-13 - momentary sensuality

One of Branagh's many lavish adaptations of Shakespeare is a comedy about two mortal enemies (Branagh and Thompson), whose friend (Washington) sets out to make them fall in love, as well as two young lovers (Leonard and Beckinsale), who fall prey to a dirty trick of mistaken identity.

Beautifully rendered, but suffers at times from Branagh's penchant for melodrama. Still, a must for fans of Shakespeare. This adaptation is fiesty and fresh, and that final crane shot (accompanied by Patrick Doyle's glorious score) is jaw-dropping.
I watched a very strange movie a few days ago by the name of Crash. It is about an underground society that connects car crashes and sex. Sounds silly right? I think it is supposed to sound silly, and I think that if you don't think it sounds very weird and/or silly, then you might have missed the point of the movie. I'm not going to recommend doing this, but if you were to look on the internet for sexual fetishes, I'm sure you would find some that are quite silly and/or disturbing. This movie takes an extreme example of a sexual fetish and displays its effects on the people involved. It's something that is so dangerous, but also addictive that they can't stop, even though they know that getting in a car wreck has a good chance of killing you. This movie makes you think, with all the other weird fetishes that some people have, why does getting in a wreck for sexual pleasure seem so improbable. This movie displays, very well, that there is no end to the strange/dangerous types of things people do to recieve satisfaction. I don't recommend this for young kids, or most people considering its NC-17 rating, but if you think you can take it, I think you will find this to be a great example of the sexual fetish underground.

Beatrice: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.

I am really hoping to see Grindhouse soon. I'll try to update more often, it's just been tougher lately cause I've been gone a lot.

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My Review: I'm not particularly a Shakespeare fan, nor an Emma Thompson fan. In fact, I thought she was miscast. I found nothing lovable, attractive, or endearing about her. And she seemed too old for the part. I love Kate Beckinsale, however, so rented this to see her 15 years ago. The movie was okay. I watched it twice, the 2nd time with the English subtitles,and it was better that way. By today's standards, this one came off a little too silly for me. But I suppose in Shakespeare's day all this flitting around was probably high comedy. Robert Sean Leonard was wonderful, as was Denzel. Kenneth Branagh was nice to look at, but once again, played his character too silly for me, and sweet Kate Beckinsale didn't disappoint. Surprisingly Michael Keaton and Keanu Reeves were in this, too. Strange casting, huh? One big plus: the setting in the Tuscan countryside - beautiful..

When gallant Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), his nefarious brother Don John (Keanu Reeves), and close confidantes Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard) and Benedick (Kenneth Branagh) ride thunderously into the Sicilian village of Messina, romance, gaiety, and suspicion abound. The men have returned safely from a war, and soon everyone in the sun-drenched villa is abuzz with thoughts of love. Claudio, enamored of the purity of the nubile Hero (Kate Beckinsale), entreats Don Pedro to woo the maiden on his behalf that evening at a masked ball. Once he's managed the successful betrothal of Hero to Claudio, Don Pedro has another plot in mind: he plans to trick Hero's bantering cousin Beatrice (Emma Thompson) and sworn bachelor Benedick into acknowledging they've fallen in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, driven by contempt for his compatriots, has hatched a plot of his own: to fool Claudio and Don Pedro into believing Hero is unchaste. The plot works perfectly: sensitive but volatile Claudio denounces her publicly on their wedding day. All seems lost, and soon the attempts to set things right include a formal duel, a scheming friar, a mock memorial and a gaggle of bumbling constables. Set in Tuscany.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

The cast is great but it's been many years since I've seen this. I though Michael Keaton and Keanu Reeves were actually two of the highlights of the movie although it seems many others think they're the weak links of the movie. I'm not the biggest Shakespeare fan but I enjoyed this one.
Crazy times with Shakespeare.

Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson star as Benedick and Beatrice, two marriage-phobic rivals in Florence, Italy, in a lively plot involving complications, pranks and peerless wordplay. This must be Shakespeare! Hero (Kate Beckinsale) and Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard) try to hook up the two B's despite tenacious resistance.

Personally I don't really care that much for Shakespeare adaptations, and to be truly honest I find them to be very boring and bland, but not this one.

Branagh directs this film as well and shows that he can really direct a film, and well. He has such a love for these stories of all these characters, and it really does come out onto the screen. I also found this to be actually a lot more exuberant than other adaptations, and adding a lot more energy to bland comedies can really work, if given the right direction.

Much Ado doesn't really ever have a upset face throughout, I found it a lot more cheerful than I would've expected. I don't think you have to like Shakespeare a lot to really like this film, but if you are not familiar with the old English language than this may be a bit of a stretch.

The problems I had with this film was that it just wasn't too compelling or attaching for me. Although I did like the comedy in this film, I didn't really find myself laughing as much cause I just felt that Branagh's way of directing was just to make this film as goofy as can be. Though the performances are good I just felt like these actors were just saying these words and I didn't quite believe these characters as much as I thought I would.

Branagh creates a perfect ensemble, though some fall short from others. Branagh goes out on a limb casting stars that aren't well known Shakespeareans, but they do well anyway. Emma Thompson and Branagh actually do have great chemistry in this film and it actually does feel real, probably because at this time they were married. But I really didn't understand the casting of Keanu Reeves and Michael Keaton. Reeves is cheesing it up as usual and doesn't add anything to this film, other than cheap one-liners, and Keaton's character I don't think was even needed, and what did he actually do for this story anyway?

Consensus: Branagh's great love for this story mixed with some great set pieces make Much Ado lovable, but just some of it seems to silly and not very interesting as a whole.

***1/2 (out of four)

Fun and energetic adaption of the Shakespeare comedy. Well cast and entertainingly acted by the likes of Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branaugh, and Denzel Washington.
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