|Much Ado About Nothing|
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|A lone voice cries out "Keanu did not suck in this movie"
I will admit to being a shakespear fan and I am basing my opinion on the original source material NOT on Kenneth Branagh's adaptation. I also feel that Keanu based his portrayal of Don John on the original play rather than on Branagh's screen play. The role of Don John really only serves as a plot device to keep the story moving and not as a fully fleshed and realised character.
Who is Don John:
I really thought Keanu did a wonderful job as a man who must smile and "play nice" when all he really wants to do is beat the tar out of his arrogant self satisfied half brother (no I am not going to start on about how I thought Denzel Washington missed the mark in his portrayal of Don Pedro)
climbing down off my soap box now, thank you for not throwing anything at me while I was ranting
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|oh, rant on.
I wouldn't know anything about Much Ado... ; the only Shakespeare play I've read in its entirety - and in original- is Hamlet and I must confess Branagh's adaptation of it doesn't do much for me.
As for K... that would be the second time he based his portrayal of a character on the original material rather than on the screenplay. The other time was with Jonathan Harker.
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|Well, this shows that some criticism comes out of ignorance ...|
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|I love this movie SO much! I don't know why, but reading the play I didn't at all care for Beatrice. Don't know why. I guess it was the tone of her voice that I heard in my head as I read her words that rubbed me wrong. Emma Thompson made her loveable for me. The casting was REALLY INTERESTING to say the least. Branagh Blessed and Thompson, of course, but Denzel Washington? Robert Sean Leonard? Michael Keaton? Keanu Reeves??
I thought Keanu was wonderful, and I was so happy to see him in this. He was very believable in that part. I love Denzel Washington and think he's a terrific actor, but in this movie, I found Keanu more believable than Denzel in their respective roles. I loved Denzel's portrayal, but I didn't completely believe it, not sure why.
I'm so glad to hear from someone else who saw this gem. Which reminds me, I haven't seen it in ages... I need to watch it again. :)
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|MrsSpooky, when I read Much Ado I always seem to heard a kind of self important tone to Don Pedro's voice, for some reason I always pictured him as almost a kind of spoilt brat who would use any opportunity to lord his position over his brother which is probably why I thought Denzel Washington missed the mark with his Don Pedro. I also felt like he played favourites with Claudio for the same reason.
I have to watch this one again on my next day off :)
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