Kenneth Branagh's second screen adaptation of Shakespeare--the first was HENRY V--is a spritely, sun-drenched production decked out with a high-profile international cast.
In Sicily, Leonato (Richard Briers), Governor of Messina, eagerly greets Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), Prince of Aragon, and his men as they return victorious from war. Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), Don Pedro's most honored comrade, falls in love with Hero (Kate Beckinsale), Leonato's virtuous
and beautiful young daughter. Benedick (Kenneth Branagh), another of Don Pedro's companions, resumes his wittily antagonistic acquaintanceship with Beatrice (Emma Thompson), Leonato's niece. Don Pedro...