William Shakespeare’s works are immortal. They have outlived his lifetime and will continue to outlive our lifetimes.
Much Ado About Nothing is one of his greatest comedies. Last year, Joss Whedon released his version of Much Ado about Nothing.
In 1993, actor/director Kenneth Branagh released his take on the classic comedy. His Benedict is opposite his then wife, Emma Thompson as Beatrice. Robert Sean Leonard and Kate Beckinsale are Claudio and Hero. Secretly planning on bringing the lovers together is Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), Leonato (the late Richard Briers) and Antonio (Brian Blessed). Conspiring to keep the lovers apart is Don John (Keanu Reeves).
This is how Shakespeare should be done, every time. The cast is spot on and the movie is perfect. I still think that Hero should have not been so quick to take Claudio back, but that is the play overall and that is another topic for another post.
I recommend this movie.
Being an adult is full of difficulties. Sometimes, as adults, we have to make choices in life, and deal with the consequences, whatever they maybe.
In 1993, the movie, Swing Kids was released. Taking place in 1930’s Germany, the story revolves around a group of young men who love American swing music and British fashion. But as the Nazis begin to tighten their grip, they find they must make tough adult choices.
Peter (Robert Sean Leonard) and Thomas (Christian Bale) are best friends. Their way to relax and unwind after a long day is to go the swing clubs and dance the night away. But American swing music is banned in Germany. After being caught by the police for theft, their punishment is to attend classes on the new regime. Peter is confused about the new rules while Thomas seems to have no problems fitting in.
Is this movie the greatest ever made? No. But the story of becoming an adult and making tough choices is timeless. And the music and dancing are totally cool.