This movie was the perfect ending to my Shakespeare related Sunday reading. This was delightful. The cinematography was absolutely stunning and the movie is very faithful to its source material. The only thing that puzzled me was the feeling that they constantly were having an orgy at Leonato´s place. Well, my guess is they were constantly drunk.
Kenneth Branagh as Benedick was by far my favorite thing about this movie. He was pure comedy gold and I loved his scenes with Beatrice. As of today, they have easily become one of my favorite literary couples ever.
Don John was played by Keanu Reeves, which was a very odd choice, tbh. I really couldn´t take him seriously. But he gave me a good laugh, whenever he was in a scene.
And can we just please shove Claudio in a ditch and forget all about him. Thank you.
I´m having so much fun with my weekly Shakespeare reads and I really enjoyed this play as well.
I adored Beatrice and Benedick. I liked Hero (with one little caveat, which you can see in the spoiler) and I detested Claudio. And Dogberry with his obsession about being called an ass made me chuckle.
One question, though:
Why would Hero marry that douchebag Claudio? I don´t get it.
Anyway, I have to order more of these wonderful Pelican Shakespeare editions, so that I can continue on reading / listening to the plays.
After learning the truth:
CLAUDIO: I have drunk poison whiles he uttered it.
BT, this is Romeo and Juliet ;D. Although, I actually don´t know how this is going to end. Maybe like this:
Claudio dies and Hero will have a victory dance on his grave. He most certainly deserves it.