This month the book and movie are one in the same.
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. What a pleasant read. Not only is the play witty, but it is a testament to how great writing can truly be. What great character development! What a great view into history and morality of the time. I hope you will take the time to give it a read. One of my favorite lines: “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. He that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him.”
The movie is the same, as I mentioned. There are, I’m sure, many theater companies in many cities across the country who perform this play in a years time and that would of course be a fabulous way to see this story, but the movie I recommend is the Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson version released in 1993. This movie was filmed while the two were still married, and it is remarkable. Their banter is on par with the best of them. (Yes, I realize there is an out of place performance by a young Keanu Reeves, whom I actually really adore. Think Matrix. But he is on screen for less than ten minutes and only speaking for five, so we can forgive him this.) On the whole, it is a marvelous and enjoyable film adaptation.