UNDERRATED: 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1993)

It's been 20 years since Kenneth Branagh was at the peak of his powers as Hollywood's semi-official Shakespeare ambassador, but after Joss Whedon's overcooked modern adaptation, this is worth revisiting. Dauntingly star-studded with rewarding turns by Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton and a radiant Emma Thompson, this sunny, sharply appointed take doesn't have Whedon's cool factor, but it's a lot more fun.

It's been 20 years since Kenneth Branagh was at the peak of his powers as Hollywood's semi-official Shakespeare ambassador, but after Joss Whedon's overcooked modern adaptation, this is worth revisiting. Dauntingly star-studded with rewarding turns by Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton and a radiant Emma Thompson, this sunny, sharply appointed take doesn't have Whedon's cool factor, but it's a lot more fun.

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