Our Shakespeare in Love (in the '90s) Feb Movie Monday series ends on a classy note tonight with a screening of Branaugh’s 1993 adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Guest selector Maya Rudolph makes this case:
Kenneth Branaugh’s period rendition of Shakespeare’s buoyant battles of the sexes is a true charmer, thanks in part to Emma Thompson’s performance as the plucky heroine Beatrice and her Hepburn-and-Tracy-shaming high-octane banter with Branaugh’s Benedic. I’ve always loved this movie for being a pretty low-key adaptation that sort of incidentally happens to have crazy star-studded cast: Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Kate Beckinsale. Oh, and Keanu. Kenau as the arbitrarily evil brother of Denzel Washington (huh.)’s Prince. Keanu is good at Shakespeare, bro.
As always: Dada, no cover, starts 9pm, free popcorn.
Reminder: This is the last Movie Monday for the horse year. We won't have anything next Monday, Feb 23, but we'll be back on March 2 with a new theme to be decided over lunch today probably.