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In this Shakespearean farce, Hero and her groom-to-be, Claudio, team up with Claudio's commanding officer, Don Pedro, the week before their wedding to hatch a matchmaking scheme. Their targets are sharp-witted duo Benedick and Beatrice -- a tough task indeed, considering their corresponding distaste for love and each other. Meanwhile, meddling Don John plots to ruin the wedding.
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 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!
Qué buen rollo, qué alegría, qué Michael Keaton, que impagables primeros treinta minutos de un Branagh al que no le daba miedo hacer comedia, qué magia llevar a Shakespeare a un medio como el cine aumentando las posibilidades de llegar al corazón, qué secundarios, qué emoción, qué movida.
denzel washington riding a horse while wearing leather pants is the hottest fucking thing i've ever seen
I had some detailed & nuanced critiques in my head while I was watching this but they were completely eclipsed by how bad I got it for emma thompson's beatrice bc like ... y'all ... I got it bad
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.
What great fun! And how young do all those celebrities look in this now 23-year-old film?!? Ah ...
Excellent direction by Kenneth Branagh, and of course top notch acting by all the lead roles (Emma Thompson et al). Michael Keaton and Ben Elton pretty much steal the show though in the roles of Dogberry and Verges. Brilliant. Hilarious. Oh, and the script by Will ... Will ... what was that bloke's name again ...? Oh yes, Shakespeare. He's going places that man!
Kill Claudio more like kill my ass am I right ladies
This film is pretty hilarious, but only unintentionally. Kenneth Branagh plays Benedick and directs, aged 33, and he's ok at both, but a bit whiney and unlikeable. Emma Thompson is absolutely amazing and puts everyone else to shame with every shot.
For me it was worth it just to watch Robert Sean Leonard be so gorgeously cheekboney and adorable, but I didn't think his acting was very good, sadly. I think everyone suffered from being too 'stagey' - overdoing things in front of a close-up camera. Also a lot of it was filmed outside in very bright sunshine, so there are a few scenes ruined because half the cast are squinting.
The cast is actually incredible in the number of…
it's mostly fluff but emma thompson is absolutely brilliant in her role
one foot in sea and one on shore
Shakespeare's memorable comedy.
At the time of its release on August 27, 1993 this British/American Romantic Comedy film was based on Shakespeare's comedy by the same name. Director Kenneth Branagh stars in the film and brings a handful talented cast of Emma Thompson, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves, and Kate Beckinsale. This film was reached amongst 200 screens, making it the most watched film of the 20th century. At $22 million in the U.S. box office and $36 million worldwide, it fell short of the 1968 release of Romeo and Juliet.
Having just crushed an uprising by his half-brother, Don John (Keanu Reeves), Don Pedro of Aragon (Denzel Washington) and his noblemen visit their friend Leonato…
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Just let this year end already.