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Actor Kenneth Branagh made his directorial debut with a rousing screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry V. Four years later, he returns to the bard's work with this lively version of one of Shakespeare's best comedies. Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), the Prince of Aragon, returns victorious from battle to the praises of the Governor of Messina, Leonato (Richard Briers). One of Don Pedro's bravest men, Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), falls in love with Hero (Kate Beckinsale), Leonato's daughter, and they plan to marry. However, Don Pedro's devious half-brother Don John (Keanu Reeves) opposes the match, and he devises a plan to turn Hero against Claudio. Meanwhile, Benedict (Branagh), Don Pedro's second-in-command, detests Leonato's niece Beatrice (Emma Thompson), but Don Pedro cleverly brings them together by making each think that the other is secretly in love with them. Much Ado About Nothing also features Michael Keaton in a showy turn as Dogberry.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 44
- Fresh: 40
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Kenneth Branagh...has done it again.
Fresh: [Branagh] has found his way to the play's profound yet populist heart, rediscovering Shakespeare's vision of romantic fulfillment - celebration with an underlying tug of sadness - for an era that believes itself all too wise to the ways of love.
Fresh: Continuously enjoyable from its action-filled opening to the dazzling final shot...
Fresh: A spirited, winningly acted rendition of one of the Bard's most popular comedies.
A Faithful Adaption and Truly Entertaining Film
I count this as one of the best adaptions of Shakespeare I have ever seen. Kenneth Branagh always delivers! Every actor does a great job, except for maybe Keanu Reeves, but he has only a few scenes. I definitely recommend this film to anyone who wants to laugh or learn some great Shakespearean lines!
Best Shakespear Movie EVER!
"Much Ado About Nothing" is, by far, the best Shakespearian Comedy out there (followed closely by "Twelfth Night"). When made for the big screen, so many things are possible that cannot be achieved on stage (such as the communal bath scene). Although this particular version has wonderful actors such as Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale and Richard Briers, a handful of American actors are included in the cast. Denzel Washington plays the brother of Keanu Reeves. They are accompanied by TVs "House" star Robert Sean Leonard, and the never dull Michael Keaton. A wonderful cast along side the amazing cinamatography and directing of Keneth Branagh creates a movie that can be watched over and over again. The musical score by Patrick Doyle, who makes an appearence as the singer of "Sigh No More Ladies", also creates an amazing atmosphere.
I Loooooove this movie!
This is still only the best screen adaptation of Shakespeare ever! Costumes simple, but the acting portrays this beautiful language with a sense of true humanity, rather than delivering lines they give the lines character! Everyone should see this movie.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 1993
- © 1993 Renaissance Films PLC & The Samuel Goldwyn Company. All Rights Reserved.