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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.
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.
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,…
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.
With what was probably startling casting in its day (but the norm now), Brannagh gallops handily through this classic comedy. All are proficient in their parts, Thompson is endearing as ever, and even The Keanu manages to convince as a hateful villain a couple times. The simplicity of choosing a beautiful Italian villa to film in, maintaining a fast pace, keeping most of the text, and nearly everyone mugging for the camera (except for a surprisingly low key Brian Blessed. Weird) provides all the magic that's needed. This one is great fun at times (Michael Keaton is actually beyond his Beetlejuice twitching here, and it works!) Great to come back to again and again.
Kenneth Branagh brings a well known cast together to make Much Ado About Nothing a story that is funny, Romantic and Dramatic. The story has an elegance about it that you just enjoy all the way though.
Kenneth Branagh knows how to direct masterpieces and Much Ado About Nothing is one of them.
This is one of those movies I really prefer to watch alone. So I can soak in the Villa Vignamaggio, the language, the Thompson and the Branagh on my own without anyone commenting. With a glass of red. Alone. Hey nonny nonny.
Kenneth Branagh is perfect and Emma Thompson is a force to be reckoned with. I did not realize Michael Keaton is in this, and he is a welcome comedic surprise. It's a great Shakespearean interpretation.
This might be my favorite play by Shakespeare --smart and hilarious. I think pretty much every great romantic comedy can trace its lineage to this play.
I should stop putting on Shakespeare adaptations as ambient music, because it makes for uninspiring viewing
AMAZING. Feels wrong to criticize plot/writing at all, but I will say that Keanu's Don John was so deliciously evil that I really wanted him to break out into another vengeful monologue at the end. He should play villains more often.
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
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