Much Ado About Nothing
Directed by Kenneth Branagh. UK. 1993. PG-13. 111 minutes. MGM. 35mm.
Sun., September 25, 2016
Actor/Director Kenneth Branagh followed up his triumphant directorial debut production of Shakespeares Henry V with this beautifully filmed version of one of The Bards most beloved comedies. Again starring himself (as Benedick) and his then-wife Emma Thompson (as Beatrice), and featuring an international cast, including Denzel Washington (as Don Pedro), Kate Beckensale (as Hero), Michael Keaton (as Dogberry), and even Keanu Reeves (as the nominal villain, Don John), this is a sumptuous production indeed. Set in and around a lushly photographed Tuscan villa, Branagh has provided an exuberant production with a cast that looks as though they are having as much fun as is the viewer. Come see it with us and enjoy one of the most joyous and most accessible of the many films based on Shakespeares plays. (Bill Roth)