Comparing the Play versus the Film of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing ?Much Ado About Nothing'' is a postwar love story. Its principal subject is that of romance that may settle over the land after soldiers come home. I noticed that Much Ado is actually two love stories. One concerns sweetly innocent lovers who are driven apart by the plotting of enemies. The other involves very sarcastic lovers who are swept into each other's arms by the benign machinations of friends. I had a lot of trouble understanding the dialect, I grew up a country boy and we didn?t do much of this in my 14 persons graduating class. None the less I didn?t think it was a waste of time either. It was of very good quality as far as a plot is concerned. It had evil, jealousy, lust, love, romance, comedy and of course tragedy. If I were to do it over again I would go see the movie first, the play second. I was able to understand more from the movie than I did the play. I think that if I had done this I might have got more from the play. As the good prince of Arragon, Denzel Washington did a superb job, and as Claudio, the love-struck innocent, Robert Sean Leonard performed great just as he has done in any other theatrical movies that I have seen him in. But in the lesser role of the prince's evil half brother, Keanu Reeves didn?t appear to be all that special, at times he did look evil but I have never been a big fan of Keanu?s acting. He always sounds like a baboon when he opens his mouth. Maybe I am just remembering too much of Bill and Ted?s Excellent adventure? Beatrice and Bene*censored* are adversaries united only in their contempt for marriage. Once the two finally let down their guard and allow their true feelings to blossom... ... middle of paper ... ...and several more keeps you and your emotions on a roller coaster ride. Which is brilliant because we all know that as humans we adhere to stimulation and that is what it does, it stimulates us by incorporating all these emotions and jumping around with them. With the movie it also adds a score and soundtrack as well as camera shots and things that appeals to our senses that much more. At least it does for me. Branagh's interpretation of Shakespeare's play leaves the viewer with the impression of a fairy tale in which everyone (except the villain) will live happily ever after. The film is good, but even as I am partial to the movie I do believe to properly appreciate Shakespeare's work it is necessary to take the time to peruse the play in a leisurely and contemplative manner, and if anything to get the WHOLE play in which the movie did not give.
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Transformations are altering certain thematic concerns of the original text, yet still retaining much of the storyline. The process of transformation requires some conscious decisions which shape and re-shape the meaning, and must be justified in order to execute them. . This is explored in ‘BBC’s Shakespeare Re-told: Much ado about Nothing”, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s original playwright “Much ado about Nothing”
...om that point on the play began to slow down and unravel the conflicts. This was a play I which everything happened very quickly. The problem was presented right at the beginning, the conflict was established along with subsidiary conflicts resulting from our central conflict itself, and the was then resolved rather quickly. The theme of conflict was apparent throughout the play as well, and is the cause of the problems that befall the characters. Overall there was never really a difference or a change in the main idea or conflict or setting of the play to the film, besides a few content difference and alterations with he context and words of the play to the film, I believe that the film was a very good portrayal of the play, the plot and other literary elements used in drama. All were established and addressed the final resolve at the end in A Midsummer Night Dream.
As an amazing play is moved to a movie, it is very sad to see characters or scenes lost. In Branagh’s “Hamlet'; very little is lost in his adaptation. This is very pleasing as the play is sensational The only problem faced is that of the comedic actors. This did not effect the outcome of the movie and many are looking forward to more of Branagh’s work.
In Much Ado About Nothing, characters Beatrice and Benedict initially insult each other, but was a way to fend off their true feelings. Although they had to be tricked to do so, when confronted, their love eventually overcame their pride. In the same light, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth faced obstacles as noted above, but eventually love conquered over all.
... He really sold the part and did the part justice. Furthermore in the beginning of the flashback I had no idea who the main character was, but Christian developed the character subtly yet effectively.
"[. . . E]mblems of mafia gang-land hostility: guns, fast cars, and tattoos [. . .]" (Walker 5) are not the usual images found in a Shakespearean play. Baz Luhrmann's 1996 production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is:
John Malkovich did a fantastic job playing Lennie, he was large and small, weak and strong, and old and childish all at the same time, just like Lennie is. Lennie is a carefree guy with mental disabilities, and back then not much was known about mental disabilities or how to help people with them. Lennie never knew his own strength, often killing small animals if he tried to pet them, and this leads to a big conflict at the end of the movie.
...ot be as great as it is without him. Caviezel had a large challenge when he took on this role. He almost had to play two different characters and mold into one another throughout the film. His character changes greatly from before and after the prison. He did it well and I enjoyed his performance in this film. Sir Richard Harris who played Abbe Faria did a great job and was one of my favorite characters in the film. He did so well in fact, that every time since I saw this film, I will always see him as Abbe Faria in other films.
Comparing the Villains in Much Ado About Nothing and Othello & nbsp; The two villains in Much Ado About Nothing and Othello share much in common, despite their numerous differences. It is evident that Shakespeare framed the second piece of literature to be similar to the first. Although shorter, the plot of “Othello” is definitely more complex. The villains play a major part in the novels, and are very much alike in their line of thinking. The comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing” depicts the story of a group of high-ranking soldiers who travel through a town called Messina.
Each of these characters enjoys fighting in battles of wit between themselves, insulting each other in turn. That is why it is surprising when their friends decide to deceive them into falling for each other. The friends position themselves so that at different times Beatrice and Benedick will overhear their friends talking about how one has confessed love towards the other in confidence. As a result, Beatrice and Benedick are deceived into believing the other is in love, and in the process fall in love themselves. In this way, eavesdropping is used to bring about a positive
Although through the reading of Shakespeare’s work someone may form a mental depiction of how each actor sounds, looks, and interacts with other characters, films bring to life, through visual representation, both the director and actors interpretations of the play. The ability to pick up on the actor’s subtle body language, the tone of voice, and visual interactions with other characters can lead to a better understanding for someone who is unable to internally visualize the intended meaning and characters of a written play. Such interpretations may slightly skew Shakespeare’s intended representation of each character, however, the overall connotation is not lost but some of his subtle innuendos translated to film are.
As a part of the audience of Much Ado About Nothing, I think majority of the production was accomplished as planned. Some parts of the production could be improved as I stated above, but the overall development was impressive. Exploring the stereotypes and social pressures of gender was a great achievement in the production here at JMU, as well as displaying the themes of love and honor.
William Shakespeare has provided some of the most brilliant plays to ever be performed on the stage. He is also the author of numerous sonnets and poems, but he is best known for his plays such as Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. In this essay I would like to discuss the play and movie, "Romeo and Juliet", and also the movie, Shakespeare in Love.