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Much Ado About Nothing
Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner.
This could just as well had been in Creole, as I struggled to understand a full sentance of dialogue.....
What snippets I did manage to catch were wonderful though, I've never seen Emma Thompson as radiant as she is here, and Branagh is a blast.
The overall casting in nuts, plain nuts. Keanu Reeves takes the gold in weird choices, but all the Americans are out of place, even if they at least try do make the best of it.
The recurring song is also decent, and there is just a joyous mood inherent throughout, even if it tries to be serious in a couple of scenes. That didn't stop me laughing, unintentionally funny or not.
This has me buzzed for Whedon's adap!
No he visto las versiones soviéticas (dos) ni la germano-oriental de esta pieza shakespeariana, pero por lo menos frente a la reciente de Whedon, esta vigorosa adaptación de Branagh aparece ligeramente más redonda y satisfactoria. Hay que tomar en cuenta la química entre el cineasta y protagonista Kenneth Branagh y su actriz y entonces esposa Emma Thompson, quienes encarnan unos muy graciosos Benedicto y Beatriz.
Eso sí, dos años después de este filme, los muy enamorados Branagh y Thompson se divorciarían... Diría Shakespeare: "el hombre es un impostor".
Dato para la trivia: Branagh se especializó en Shakespeare y luego dirigió Thor (2011). Whedon, al revés: primero dirigió hartas series y películas super-heroicas y, luego, pasó a encontrarse con Shakespeare.
Has there been a better Benedick or Beatrice on film? I was always a little doubtful of Branagh on the screen, and too uninformed or ignorant of him on the stage to comment, but having watched this I now see the mark of the man. His Benedick is nothing short of brilliant, whether spitefully sparring with Beatrice in their 'merry war' or unsuccessfully attempting to play the romantic poet, every comic beat is hit, every physical act fully exploited for dramatic effect. Some could find certain elements a tad broad for their tastes, but this is Benedick as he was meant to be. Emma Thompson's Beatrice is similarly ideal. So perfect and funny that her character's silence at the end,…
No matter how many times I watch this, I will never understand why Keanu Reeves of all people was cast. One of the worst performances I've seen in a good movie. It does'nt help that this mediocrity shows, being overpowered by a much better cast.
Still, he does'nt ruin the film in any way. This is wonderfully acted by the magnificent ensemble of Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Kate Beckinsale, and many others. Beautiful landscape and cinematography. Funny and lively, almost like an old-fashioned comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age. This is a fun adaptation of one of William Shakespeare's lighter films, but with a Pythonesque touch that works pretty well.
This was a fun watch. Michael Keaton's character made it even better. Overall I think it was an american mis cast though. If you count Keanu Reeves as american ? He's like an alien robot on screen. Every scene he's in I cringed!
It's been 20 years since I last watched Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing. It's still as fabulously funny. Branagh as Benedick is amazing and everyone needs to seen the hilarious turn from Michael Keaton. Here is Shakespeare at its most accessible to all.
Branagh's bombast drowned Hamlet, but not this. This is play of extremes: one second everyone's frolicking through a garden, stripping off their clothes, and the next a father pulls his daughter by the hair and searches for a dagger with which to slit her throat. It's not realistic, by our standards today, so Branagh blows it up. The superimposed montage of Benedick and Beatrice reveling in the "news" of each other's love is sappy and should be. Love is an ideal best enjoyed in isolation and, thus, delusion, which becomes clear in the subsequent scenes when lies and misreading derail fantasies into near-death. The ending is sweet but not stupid, for Leonato acknowledges that Claudio's slander cannot be taken back…
For a long, long, time this was my favorite Shakespeare adaptation ever. Still very good and I love many of the performances. But in my opinion - Joss Wheadon's is better.
I will never stop watching this
For whatever reason, of the three Shakespeare adaptations I have seen Branagh in, I have found him a bit hammy in his roles. But, this adaptation is not about Branagh’s Benedick, rather Emma Thompson being absolutely wonderful and charismatic as Beatrice. And the real life married couple at the time of Branagh and Thompson has a wonderful Tracy and Hepburn type rapport with one another. Branagh’s Shakespeare’s adaptations are most effective for how well Branagh is able to make it cinematic by adding visual cues and symbolism to make Shakespeare’s work come alive. And the casting of Denzel Washington’s smile (no more needs to be said).
Joss Whedon's 2012 version of Shakespeare's famous comedy got good of word of mouth, so I thought I'd revist Kenneth Branagh's early-90's version before taking in the most recent adaptation. It is as I recall it: entertaining enough, with some great acting, but a bit forced-feeling. The merry-making seems staged to distraction at points and the repeated use of the "Sigh no more, ladies" verses as song becomes a bit tedious. Denzel Washington, Branagh and (his then-wife) Emma Thompson are in fine form (though Thompson's performance could have benefitted from a bit of tamping down - it's obvious her director was besotted). Keanu won a Razzie for his villainous performance, but he didn't bother me as much 20 years hence,…
Having seen the Joss Whedon version recently I felt that I really should see this more classical interpretation. I have to say that this version is a lot of fun.
Branagh knows his stuff.
WHAT AN AMAZING MOVIE!!!
I loved both the play and Ken Branagh a lot before watching the movie and therefore my expectations were set very high. And I wasn't disappointed.
The whole cast is stellar with me having to look up the actors on screen all the time because I had seen them in a lot of stuff before. Ken Branagh is absolutely hilarious, as is Emma Thompson. Their bickering is so sweet and their obliviousness makes for a lot of laughs. Denzel Washington as "the boss", Don Pedro is great as well and I could go on and on about how great the cast was. But I'll leave it they're all amazing and will only point out that I'm still not convinced, that Hero was played by Kate Beckinsale. She looks nothing like herself ten years later.
But yeah, the whole movie was sweet, romantic, hilarious and just amazing!
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