Critic on Adaptations of Shakespeare

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Writing for a movie review for the Rolling Stone Movies on the released adaptation on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Movie buff cum journalist Tina shares her say on this new take.

Not a fan reading the famous Bard plays? The only reference you make to Shakespeare is ‘to be or not to be’? Or you just want to find out how big a deal is this immortalized figure that has been given much recognition throughout time. Catering to the masses, those who need not be a scholar in Shakespearean works nor need understanding of the Shakespearean English can enjoy this motion picture which was the directorial debut for Kenneth Branagh. The celebrated Irish actor who has taken on roles in other Shakespearean plays that have been brought into the cinematic world. The adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing into a motion picture was taken on by the renowned Kenneth Branagh who has worked on a Shakespearean plays before like Henry V. He does a brilliant job at bringing the essence of the original play into life. The story centers around the group of soldiers returning from their months long war over the backdrop of the beautiful Italian countryside. Where the generous Leonato offers his house to the Prince of Aragon, his lieutenant Benedick and Claudio to stay. This is where Claudio falls for the fair and innocent Hero, ‘wooing’ her and asking her hand in marriage. The scheme of tricking for Benedick and Beatrice to fall in love is one of the most intriguing and humorous scene in the movie. Branagh’s choice of cast where Denzel Washington plays a convincing prince who is a keen observer, the love struck single-expression Claudio played by Robert Sean Leonard, Emma Thompson as the fiercely independent and witty Beatrice, while Kate Beckinsale as the naïve and object of admiration for Claudio. The casts’ stellar portrayal of each character is the closest to the original play. Because it was meant as a social comedy on...
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