What would be a positive and witty title for a review on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branagh's film)?

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Kenneth Branagh's film version of the play follows the script very well, so look to the play for inspiration for your title when you review Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Your title will depend greatly upon what characters or themes you will focus on. If you are focusing on Beatrice and Benedick, the title will need to be geared toward their story. However, if you choose to write on the story of Claudio and Hero, then of course, the title must focus on them. For the purpose of creating a title that is positive and witty, though, Beatrice and Benedick might be the way to go because Claudio and Hero's story is more dramatic than it is comedic. Once you have chosen a story, using quotes from the text might help to create the desired effect. For example, Beatrice and Benedick battle verbally over the state of single life and marriage. These themes can be positive and funny all on their own. Benedick also fights an internal conflict which breeds many witty sayings, such as:

"That a woman conceived me, I thank her; that she/

brought me up, I likewise give her most humble thanks;/

but that I will have a recheate winded in my forehead,/

or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all women/

shall pardon me. Because I will not do them the wrong to/

mistrust any, I will do myself the right to trust none; and/

the fine is, for the which I may go the finer, I will live a/

bachelor" (I.i.204-211).

Take a few words that stand out in this block of speech and see what strikes your fancy or goes along with your review. Words like "woman" and "bachelor" could be great together to make, "When Woman Meets Bachelor," or something of that kind.  Then, you would be able to cite this block of speech during the review for a more concise review. Another title from this excerpt might be "Trust None," or "All Women Shall Pardon Me." Good Luck!

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