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Everybody knows how this beautiful Shakespeare story goes.Benedick and Beatrice,Claudio and Hero.Love conquers all and wickedness gets punished.
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The 1993 version of this play is brilliant and also one of the most financially successful Shakespeare movies.
Starring Kenneth Branagh as Benedick, Emma Thompson as Beatrice, Keanu Reeves as Don John, Kate Beckinsale as Hero and Denzel Washington as Don Pedro…this movie has an impressive actor list and oh,my!don’t they deliver the story beautifully?
My only problem was with Emma Thompson.I know she’s brilliant,I’ve seen her in Howards End,Sense and Sensibility and The remains of the day.She is indeed a great actress and I can’t say she didn’t do the role justice,but there was just something there missing!Or something that shouldn’t have been there.
This Beatrice seemed a bit sower,disappointed and at times,absurd.As if someone had broken her heart.maan3
All the others did a great job,except for Denzel Washington and Kenneth Branagh…they did an AAAAmazing job!
And here’s a clip…Shakespeare rules!

Honestly!Could there be a better Benedick?Damian Lewis make a pretty good job in the Shakespeare retold,but this piece of genius is unbeatable.
Go team Branagh!

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There’s lots of movies for this and I’ve watched…in time,four adaptations.I’ll discuss them starting from my least favorite.

4.The taming of the shrew BBC,1980
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It looks bad,it looks really bad.It was done with a really really tiny budget and filmed in 6 days.
And the acting was too much stage-like,so,as theatre fans should know,the actors have more powerful reactions (to make it believable even if you’re in the last row) ergo at times I considered shutting the computer down,that’s how annoying they could be.
But John Cleese was great and so were Kate and Bianca.
Unlike other adaptations,this one reveals very clearly the nature of Kate and Bianca’s relationship and the cause behind their behaviour.You can see here that in fact their behaviour was their father’s failure.Neither of the girls are properly raised.Kate is rude and mean while Bianca is a selfish manipulative hypocrite and Kate’s appearantly strange behaviour is caused by the revolt against this manipulation.Bianca manipulates everyone but Kat and Kat feels explosive.Everyone else is fooled but her,she feels misunderstood and surrounded by idiots.
So this BBC adaptation has it’s weaknesses but it has great strengths too.

3. 10 things I hate about you
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Julia Stiles is Kat Stratford (Katerina Minola) and Heath Legder is Patrick Verona(Petruchio) in this teen movie that is a successful loose adaptation of Tots.
I like how the story bends to make Kat’s behaviour be the result of a deep trauma or the result of a succession of profound traumas.This way it’s easier for the target public(teens) to understand her aaaand,I love Heath Ledger so even if only for his attendance…we deffinetly liked it.
It’s also got funny lines although slightely too sexual for me to enjoy it with company(under-aged company).
Overall,it’s no more than it claims to be,a funny teen movie with a Shakespeare theme that has really very little to do with the poet and what he was trying to communicate

2.Shakespeare retold 2005.Taming of the shrew

Rufus Sewell plays Petruchio and Shirley Henderson is Kate Minola.
This is truly a very entertaining in-our-days version.There’s wikipedia for a summary.Here’s the wedding bit.

It’s forte is,as far as I’m concerned,the fact that he doesn’t really tame her.The thing is that they tame each other.And Kate comes to the conclusion that a wife must love and obey her husband with the requirement that he does precisely the same for her.
Besides all that,it’s really very funny.

1.Taming of the shrew 1967

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
I don’t think I even have to explain why this is the best adaptation ever.It just is.It’s the smartest,most inventive and funniest.Here’s a clip.Petruchio first meets Katerina.

I confess that I did not make this list considering the value of the movies but considering how much they entertained me.So others may think otherwise and they could very well be more right than I am.
Buh-bye now.

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