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This is my favorite Shakespeare play. Hands down. There's a great drama surrounding Claudio & Hero, but the best parts involve Beatrice & Benedick. It manages to be heartbreaking & distressing, and also witty & romantic at the same time. Probably some of the best written dialogue between a male and female lead, and Benedick is by far the most clever of Shakespeare's heroes.
The film with Kenneth Branagh & Emma Thompson is phenomenal. No exaggeration. There's so much about it that's great: KB & ET have amazing chemistry (they were married at the time), Robert Sean Leonard is beautiful as always, Michael Keaton (the best of the old Batmans), & Denzel speaking anything Shakespeare = cool. Three things to overlook: Kate Beckinsale's eyebrows, Keanu Reeves (obviously), & a plethora of naked bottoms in the opening credits. ...I'm just saying. (PG-13)
My Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆