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Critical appreciation of Much ado about Nothing

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Introduction

"Much ado about nothing" is Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's better-known comedies. The film is centered on the romance of Hero and Claudio and also the romance of Benedick and Beatrice. Hero and Claudio, undergo the conventional "love at first sight". From their first glance of each other at the beginning of the play, there is instant attraction, without having knowing much of each other. Beatrice and Benedick, however, have known each other for quite some time and though at first their squabbles can be easily mistaken for hate towards each other, it becomes very clear to the viewer the hidden attraction between the two. It doesn't take much effort to set the two up; they are in love with each after one simple trick that was carefully planned by Don Pedro, who plays cupid in the play. Kenneth Branagh's, the director of the play, is very learned in Shakespeare and this wealth of knowledge and wisdom, is greatly displayed in the film. ...read more.

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Though the actual text would still be better preferred over the film since the film does not completely stay true to the play. Some lines are omitted and scenes have been rearranged. While there is happiness and humor, there is also much drama in "Much ado about nothing". There is the use of pathos and poignancy. And emotions and feelings run high in different situations as deception makes its way around to every character. Claudio is easily deceived to believe Don John when he says that Don Pedro is wooing Hero for himself. Beatrice and Benedick are quickly deceived by the trick played upon them to fall in love, without question. The list of deception could on and on, noting that there is positive and negative deception by characters. Each scene moves along smoothly as it is brought to life and it is almost impossible not to get caught up by the experiences the actors paint. ...read more.

Conclusion

Is performance is one of the most comedic of the whole cast and as over the top as necessary, as he gallops around on a non-existent horse. The choice of costume in the film while seemingly may not have a major role in the film; it does have greater inner meaning. The choice of white wardrobe for the women can be seen to be symbol of chastity and purity, hence why Beatrice and Hero are seen through out the whole movie dawning white attire. Though united as an army, the men seem to have a divided colour scheme that can be noticed right from the onset. Don Pedro, Claudio and Benedick all wear blue attire while Don John, Borachio and Conrad all wear the colours of black. This automatically aware the view of the division between them. There are not many negative aspects of the film, Kenneth Branagh's interpretation is critically acclaimed and the true essence of Shakespeare shines true in the film. It was well directed from a camera point of view to make the movie clear, since the play cannot offer such wonderful insights. ...read more.

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