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Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves

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This is the film adaptation of William Shakespeare's comedic play of the same title. It follows the courtship of two couples. The main characters of this movie are Don Pedro, prince of Medina, his brother Don John, and noblemen Claudio and Benedict. The main female characters are Hero and Beatrice. At the beginning of the play the men are returning from war and ready to settle down and find love. Claudio and Hero and truly and honestly in love and openly show it while Benedict and Beatrice hate each other with a passion. Claudio and Hero have no trouble admitting their love for one another and are soon engaged. They ask Don Pedro to help them trick Benedict and Beatrice to admit they in fact love each other also using a series of tricks, involving fake letters. The plan works perfectly. Then trouble starts when Don John, who hates his brother and Claudio decides to try to ruin things. He gets one of his military officers to have sex with one of Hero's maids in Hero's room near the window the night before the wedding and then takes Don Pedro and Claudio to the scene to make sure they see the encounter. This trick works and Claudio becomes convinces that Hero has cheated on him. The next day at the wedding he disgraces Hero in front of everyone and calls off the wedding. Hero faints and is convinced to play dead until her innocence can be proved. Don John's accomplice is caught and confesses while Don John escapes. Claudio is eaten away with guilt that he falsely accused Hero and caused her death with his display at the wedding. He begs her uncle for forgiveness. Hero's uncle then tells Claudio that he must marry his other niece . At the wedding, as the other niece removes her veil Claudio discovers that it is in fact Hero. At some point Benedict and Beatrice discover they have been tricked and nearly call off their wedding as well but they eventually end up marrying. In the end Don John is caught and the two couples live happily ever after.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked this movie because it is very funny. It also features several big name actors before they became truly famous. It is interesting to see them all so young and before their prime.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is the opening scene when all chaos breaks out as the women are getting ready to welcome the men back from war.

Opinion about the main character: It is hard to say who is the main character in this film but I disliked how prideful Benedict and Beatrice were.

The review of this Movie prepared by Andreina Mundarain a Level 2 American Robin scholar





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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   matchbreaker interference

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   play

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