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Sunday, 17 December 2023

Much Ado About Nothing film

Montagu Events - Much Ado About Nothing film
At Wahnfried
On Sunday 17th at 4pm: Kenneth Branagh’s film of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1h50mins).

Young lovers, Hero (Kate Beckinsale) and Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro (Denzel Washington) to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick (Sir Kenneth Branagh), an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice (Dame Emma Thompson), his favourite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon (Keanu Reeves) conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing."

On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds a 90% rating. The site's consensus reads, "Kenneth Branagh's love for the material is contagious in this exuberant adaptation."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it three out of four stars, calling it "cheerful from beginning to end". Vincent Canby of The New York Times also wrote the film a positive review, praising Branagh's direction and calling it "ravishing entertainment". Desson Thomson of The Washington Post praised Branagh's cuts to the text as giving "wonderful import to this silliness from long ago" and stated that "Kenneth Branagh has, once again, blown away the forbidding academic dust and found a funny retro-essence for the '90s." Online critic James Berardinelli gave the film a glowing four-star review, calling it a "gem of a movie", especially praising the accessibility of the humour, the performances, and Branagh's lively direction, of which he wrote, "This film cements Branagh's status as a great director of Shakespeare, and perhaps of film in general, as well."

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