Film Analysis Of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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Much Ado About Nothing, a comical play that highlights love among the youth, a defiant yet alluring love between verbal intellectuals, and a betrayal that catalyzes mistrust but further serves to solidify love once more. Branagh’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing cuts and rearranges Shakespeare’s text but, arguably, sharpens it to present a work that maintains the text’s essence. The film adaptation provides the audience with a concrete understanding of era, location and lifestyle within the appropriate cultural context. Branagh executes these themes with exceptional use of cinematography, setting/location, music/sound. Furthermore, the opening scene of the film leading up to where the men return from war denotes Branagh’s successful implementation of the formerly stated elements. The film’s opening is a black screen with nothing other than Beatrice’s voice reciting the song sung by Balthasar in Act II Scene 3 of the play. Branagh’s use of this song in the beginning is akin to the Chorus’ opening statement in Romeo and Juliet. Furthermore, it could be said that Branagh uses this technique to ensure viewers are aware of the film’s conflict. This in turn allows the film to increase its pace and informs the audience from the beginning that part of the conflict will involve mistrust. Viewers are also able to infer a resolution worthy of the prophesied “Hey nonny, nonny” (Crowther). From there, Branagh has added a visual aid of a painted villa. The camera
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