Sunday, September 18, 2011

365 Movies Day #174 "Much Ado About Nothing"

To close out the Branagh three film set also including "DEAD AGAIN" and "OTHELLO" we go back to Shakespeare and probably my most favorite of Branagh's films. My favorite of the Shakespearean comedies and done with some incredibly interesting casting choices...that work!

I mean where else can you see Denzel Washington and Keaunu Reeves play brothers? Or Reeves do Shakespeare for that matter? Michael Keaton knocks out an incredibly funny role as Dogberry. Brian Blessed (of "Flash Gordon" and Shakespearean regular) makes an appearance as does a very young Kate Beckinsale ("Underworld"). And of course, the film stars both Branagh and then wife Emma Thompson.

Again, it's Shakespeare so I'm not going to go much into the plot other than to say that it has action, intrigue, love and comedy. Being that it is a comedy, there is also a happy ending. Nobody does Shakespeare quite like Branagh.


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