Othello is played for the first time by an Afro American and Iago by Branagh. I think Ian McKellan's version is the best I have seen. Branagh fails to deliver the grandeur of distilled evil which is Iago's essence. Laurence Fishburn's adds little to the Q of Othellos except his color--Shakespeare never wrote to be underplayed or without gusto. But this is an adequate and enjoyable re-reading of the text if lacking in much brilliance or innovation or interpretation of it's own, an old wine in the same bottle.