Much Ado About Nothing Movie Review

973 words - 4 pages

Much Ado About Nothing Movie Review

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves,
Robert Sean Leonard, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Briers, Brian Blessed,
Michael Keaton, Ben Elton

Running Time: 1hr 5mins

Introduction
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If you're studying the Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing, be
sure to watch Kenneth Branagh's interpretation of this play. This film
will provide you with an enhanced understanding of the play. Although,
it is misleading at times, this version of the play will keep you
fully entertained for the full 111 minutes and provide you with extra
knowledge of the play.

Casting

The majority of the cast was well selected, and the actors lived up to
expectations.

Denzel Washington played Don Pedro well. He looked noble and therefore
suited the part of Don Pedro. Kenneth Branagh made a super decision in
casting an African American as Don Pedro. The illegitimacy is more

obvious when one of the princes is 'black' and the other is 'white.'

However, I feel that Keanu Reeves is not suitable to play the part of
Don John. In another version of Much Ado About Nothing, the actor cast
as Don John was much older and less handsome, which made him appear
more of a villain and I feel, for this reason, he succeeded in playing
the role of Don John. I think that Keanu Reeves is inappropriate to
play this role because the audience does not immediately recognise him
as a villain. Keanu Reeves normally plays the part of the hero; the
person that does the good deeds; the one who attracts the women, which
provides him with a false image at the beginning of the play. It's
important not to be fooled by his appearance because it, then, doesn't
allow the audience to truly recognise Don John as the villain.

Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson perform well as Benedick and
Beatrice. They portray their characters well, especially Emma Thompson
as Beatrice. She really portrays Beatrice's upset and anger, at the
fact that Hero's has been slandered, well. Her acting really allows to
you to understand why Beatrice is so distraught.

I feel that Robert Sean Leonard's acting was quite poor. He was unable
to portray Claudio's true feelings. At moments in the film, when
Claudio was supposed to be really worried and upset, Robert Sean
Leonard made it seem as if Claudio was just pretending to...

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