Your favourite Shakespeare play?
"Much Ado About Nothing".
Beatrice and Benedict are wonderful characters, and I've seen stage versions that made me laugh until my abs hurt. There was also a totally charming film version made in the 1990s, with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Brannaugh.
I love Much Ado - although studying it for my A-Levels I was perhaps overexposed to it, having to pretty much read and interpret it inside out!
I was disappointed by the Branagh film, which suffered for me from some severe miscasting (Denzel Washington and Richard Briers the exceptions) but i have also seen some brilliant stage productions of this play. It’s hilarious in the right hands.
I like the Joss Whedon version. It simple and perhaps plain but all the better for it. I find the Branagh version is too fussy and too fond of long colourful twirling shots.share
I haven''t seen the Whedon film but have heard good things... I should take a look at it. I do find that Shakespeare's comedies are hard to get right on screen - one really needs to focus on the wordplay, easier to do in the theatre or, obviously, when reading the play) than when distracted by camerawork and flashy sets etc.
I completely agree with your assessment of Branagh's film.
Apparently Whedon's 'stock troop' would regularly get together and read Shakespeare just for the joy of it. I think that comes through in the film itself.
There was a plan to do more of these small films but it didn't happen - which I've always thought was a real pity.
Favorite play: MacBeth
Favorite character: Iago
I love a good villain.
The Tempest. Something about the setting and characters - especially Caliban and Ariel - has always beguiled me.share
He is self quarantined at home.share
Romeo and Juliet (the DiCaprio version)share