Saturday, September 17, 2011

365 Movies Day #173 "Dead Again"

Continuing the Kenneth Branagh (yesterday's "OTHELLO")tribute, this is one of his first films as a director back in 1991.  It stars Branagh and his former wife Emma Thompson ("Harry Potter" series and "Stranger that Fiction") as re-incarnated star-crossed lovers.  Sounds sweet, right?  Except that in the past life, Branagh's character murdered Thompson.  Will history repeat itself?  Find out.

Rounding out the cast are Robin Williams (his first time on the blog), Andy Garcia ("THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD") and character actor Wayne Knight (Newman from "Seinfeld").  The film is a wonderful equal parts love story and murder mystery.  The flashbacks are elegantly done and the twists are interesting and exciting.  Branagh is an excellent storyteller and this is one of his early ventures outside the world of Shakespeare.  Definitely one to check out.


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