Don Pedro (Denzel Washington) and his troops are visiting Leonato. One of his men, Claudio, has fallen in love with Leonato's daughter Hero (Kate Beckinsale). Don Pedro arranges for them to meet at a party. They do and it appears a match made in heaven. At his success as match-maker, Don Pedro decides to try and hook up Beatrice (Emma Thompson) and Benedick (Kenneth Branagh) too. He stages eaves dropping situations where the couple learn about their feelings about each other.
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Meanwhile, Don John (Keanu Reeves) has been trying to stop the marriage plans between Claudio and Hero, whom he wants for himself, by convincing Claudio that Hero has been unfaithful to him.
Constable Dogberry (Michael Keaton) learns that Don John has been scheming to stop the wedding and, after some misunderstandings, manages to inform everybody.
Finally all obstacles have been removed and the wedding of Claudio and Hero can take place, as well as the wedding of Beatrice and Benedick.
Best part of story, including ending:
Shakespeare is of course the great bard and his writings about love are not to be missed and Kenneth Branagh has made a marvellous adaptation of it with this movie.
Best scene in story:
The exchanges between Beatrice and Benedick are quite funny.
Opinion about the main character:
The main characters are all human in that they are flawed, proud or insecure or vain, etcetera.