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A film that dances into the future unsurpassed.
on 2 April 2017
Knowing the play well I am astounded by the sharp editing of this film. All the essentials of the play are here - some of them with very eccentric performances mind - but the text is wonderfully spoken, the joy of the characters and the depth of emotion are amazing. Emma Thompson gives the performance of a lifetime - witty beautiful and moving; she shines with the confidence and exultation of Beatrice. Branagh is an also-ran Benedick but full of inventiveness. His performance suffers from being his own director. There is no one there to moderate his excesses or to nudge him in a more original direction. However, what he achieves as director simply dances off the screen, packed with good humour, a deft touch of shadow now and again but glorious performances from all his actors! This is the best Shakespeare film I know and one of the loveliest performances of any play I have ever seen.
It was filmed on a low budget in a limited time with many one-take scenes and is all the bolder and brighter for it. There is a rush of action and delight running through the film that is almost breath-taking.
The music adds a real heroic touch too!