Guten Morgen, Leute! It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Shakespeare and yet, his MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is one of my favorite things ever. So, as a person who generally dislikes Shakespeare and who spent long lunch periods lamenting over HAMLET and ROMEO AND JULIET and how utterly ridiculous they were with my friends, how on earth did I fall in love with MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?
Well… after lengthy thinking, I have come to a conclusion that the themes of miscommunication and coincidence that are, in my opinion, overly abundant in Shakespeare’s works actually work for me when it comes to his comedies. With tragedy, something about the idea that a person could have stopped a lot of bad things from happening if they’d just talk to people and be better communicators has never really worked for me and, instead of pulling tears from me causes me to roll my eyes. But with comedy, it works to create funny moments.
That being said, of all of Shakespeare’s many works, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is very easily my favorite. I love the characters (especially Beatrice and Benedick) and the general plot is just my type of thing. I love the war of wits waging on between Beatrice and Benedick. I love the overall happy, lighthearted nature of the play. In all homesty, this play might be my favorite play of all time!
And yet, for all that, today I’m talking about the 1993 movie directed by Kenneth Branagh. It stars Emma Thompson as Beatrice, Kenneth Branagh as Benedick, Kate Beckinsale as Hero, Denzel Washington as Don Pedro, Keanu Reeves as Don John, and Robert Sean Leonard as Claudio.
I want to start off by saying that Kenneth Branagh did a really good job at adapting MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and in playing Benedick. I must say that his performance is one of the best in the movie in my opinion. He and Emma Thompson make a really great Benedick-Beatrice pairing and I just really love their acting in this movie. They are pretty much spot-on and I really couldn’t ask for more.
When it comes to Elizabethan plays, the term “comedy” is thrown around a lot and a play that isn’t necessarily funny could still very well be called a comedy. Back then, if there was a happy ending, it was a comedy. However, with MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, you’ve got a truly funny play. Seriously. Most of my time watching this movie, I was laughing.
I’ll admit that in the last week I watched this movie about three times and each time I still found myself laughing and enjoying the movie! It’s a definite 5/5 stars for this movie from me!
What do you think about Shakespeare? What do you think about MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING? Vielen Dank und tschüss!