Director: Kenneth Branagh

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Film:Thor (2011)

Thor

Kenneth Branagh

The epic adventure Thor spans the Marvel universe from present-day Earth to the cosmic realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Film:Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Kenneth Branagh

Let’s be honest: this should be titled Wretched Excess’ Frankenstein. Swooping, wild, bloody, and energetic, this is bad moviemaking from the best, which makes it all the more loveable. Kenneth Branagh plays Victor Frankenstein, a man so obsessed with conquering death that he decides to create life. What he gets, after a protoplasmic mud wrestle, is a Mean Streets monster (Robert De Niro) that isn’t particularly happy to be back from the dead or thrilled about all the stitches. Helena Bonham Carter may, at several points in this film, actually be…

Film:Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a vigorous and imaginative work, cheerful and accessible for everyone. Largely the story of Benedick (Branagh) and Beatrice (Emma Thompson)—adversaries who come to believe each is trying to woo the other—the film veers from arched wit to ironic romps, and the two leads don’t mind looking a little silly at times. But the plot is also layered with darker matters that concern the ease with which men and women fall into mutual distrust. Branagh has rounded up a mixed cast of stage…

Film:Dead Again

Dead Again

Kenneth Branagh

British thespian and sophomore director Kenneth Branagh follows up his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V with this abrupt change of pace, a slick, stylish thriller evocative of Hitchcock, classic film noir, and gothic shockers. Sporting an exaggerated American accent, Branagh stars as L.A. private eye Mike Church, a hard-boiled but softhearted detective who takes on the case of a mysterious amnesiac (Branagh’s then-real-life wife, Emma Thompson). With the help of an offbeat furniture dealer and part-time hypnotist (Derek Jacobi), Grace (as Mike has named…

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