26. 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1993)
Kenneth Branagh's boisterous (and overbaked) adaptation of William Shakespeare's comedy has one genuinely brilliant idea – casting Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves as half-brothers. As Aragonian prince Don Pedro, the former conveys the natural ease and wisdom of a leader, while the almost-comically stoic latter actor makes for a compellingly embittered and conniving foil. On stage, Washington has done more prominent Bard roles – including Othello and Richard III – but here he's a welcome, grounded counterpoint to the other actors' impassioned histrionics.