Much Ado About Nothing (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

Renaissance Films, American Playhouse Theatrical Films, BBC Films.  United Kingdom/USA, 1993.  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 .  

Shakespeare’s energetic comedy comes to life beautifully under Kenneth Branagh‘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.

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

Golden Globe Award Nomination Best Picture-Musical/Comedy

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