Excerpt: I wanted to say something clever when I started to write this mini-review of Branagh’s delightfully light and charming cinematic take on Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. However, being like that poor player that struts and frets, I too would just come across as an idiot. So, I will leave all the jest to Branagh and company to do the good telling. The performances are for the most part quite superb!
Summary: A cast of Hollywood stars attempt to garner some credibility by attempting Shakespeare. A decent adaptation which depends entirely on your ability to stomach Shakespearean comedy. Which I can't.
Excerpt: Branagh's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING has been a favorite of mine for nearly two decades, long since experiencing its indelible grace and charm in Chicago's now-defunct Fine Arts Theatre back in 1993. HENRY V and DEAD AGAIN initially introduced me to Branagh's talent, PETER'S FRIENDS was irresistable, and FRANKENSTEIN and HAMLET impressed me with their cinematic scope - but MUCH ADO has always been my favorite. PQ - clean, but I did notice the occasional speckle and pop.
Summary: A great adaptation of Shakespeare's play full of romance, comedy, and pure wit. Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson are excellent as Benedick and Beatrice. And Michael Keaton had my family in stitches.
Summary: Shakespeare fans rejoice! Not all has been lost of the Bard's noble work. Under the careful supervision of one of Shakespeare's biggest enthusiasts Kenneth Branagh, "Much Ado About Nothing" is the perfect choice for a film. Set in a lush, beautiful country estate, the lower middle class rally and wed with blissful and blithe humor. Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh (at the time were husband and wife) have wonderful on-screen chemistry together.
Summary: If you're a Shakespeare fan, this is a charming, fun adaption of his play. Branagh and Thompson are great as the long time rivals who discover (with a little scheming by their friends) that they love each other. Keanu Reeves was awful in this film. He was completely unbelievable as the bad brother of the prince and he couldn't pull of an English accent to save his life. A surprisingly good, albeit short, performance by Michael Keaton.
Summary: Much Ado About Nothing Another Shakespeare play arrives on the silver screen, and unexpectedly it delivers, in spades! Truely amazing and well shot (in just 12 days!), along with a wonderful cast and B&W film excentuates the actors moods. The script is William's original & still easy to follow. Genre : Romance, Drama, book adaptation 5/5 : For it's raw talent in film, direction, everything.
Summary: Yes this movie is cool. It also has a light touch - too light for my taste. My overall complaint is that it just lacked imagination. I'm a fan of Shakespeare because of his ability to illuminate human weakness and the conflict that arises out of it. The decisions made in telling this story were just too weak, leaving me indifferent to the characters. I'll take Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh's version any day - including Keanu Reeves.
Summary: Clever and modern adaptation of a Shakespeare classic. Not an instant classic but it does grow on you and the use of B&W allows for more focus on the characters and their lines, clever way of ensuring the art of theatre remains paramount.