Title: Much Ado About Nothing
Author: William Shakespeare
Genre: Classic Plays
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Shakespeare; Books2Movie
I love the interplay of characters in this one. We get some interesting pairs and foils. While I don’t find the laughs like I do in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, there are some good moments. Most of those moments come with banter between Beatrice and Benedick. Beyond the content and characters, I do find it fascinating that this play in written mostly in prose. We get Shakespeare’s fun with verse occasionally, but most of it is straight verse. And I do love that it’s set in Messina on Sicily. The setting gives the play a different feel than many of his northern settings.
I decided to watch the 1993 Kenneth Branaugh version as Emma Thompson and Branaugh are amazing as Beatrice and Benedick. Overall, their love story is the one that I watch. Hero and Claudio’s is too “love at first sight” nonsense leading to (in my opinion) Claudio’s false accusation of Hero. Of course, that is just my issue with Shakespeare’s story. I do love the blocking and sets in the film. The rustic charm is to die for. I want to visit. And the costumes are appropriately wore in. Overall, I think this is one of favorite adaptations of any Shakespeare work.