Much Ado About Nothing (1993)


(out of 5)

Shakespeare’s energetic comedy comes to life beautifully under ‘s sturdy direction, as couples swap and lovers quarrel in an Italian villa that is being visited by conquering soldiers. Branagh and  (his real-life wife at the time) trade barbs beautifully as the constantly bickering Benedick and Beatrice, while ‘s Claudio finds affection in the arms of the lovely Hero (a debuting and totally boring ). Their romance isn’t meant to be easy, however, because a jealous villain (, who performs Shakespeare the way you’d expect from a German Shepherd) thwarts their plans and causes a mix up that results in a possible death. Oh, the woe of it all until it is finally resolved in the last act! Colourful and zesty, with beautiful music and a very fine cast.

Renaissance Films, American Playhouse Theatrical Films, BBC Films

United Kingdom/USA, 1993

Directed by Kenneth Branagh

Screenplay by Kenneth Branagh, based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by Kenneth Branagh, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival:  1993

Golden Globe Awards:  1993



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