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Much Ado About Nothing (I) (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 June 2013 (UK)
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A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.



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Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato's daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor's niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage. In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins. A series of comic... Written by

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Shakespeare knows how to throw a party.


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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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14 June 2013 (UK)  »

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Mucho ruido y pocas nueces  »

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$171,941 (USA) (7 June 2013)


$4,327,763 (USA) (4 October 2013)

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In a May 2013 interview, Joss Whedon noted that aside from abridging the text, he stayed completely true to Shakespeare's original dialogue - except for the Act 2, Scene 3 line in which Benedick says "if I do not / love her, I am a Jew." It was changed to "if I do not love her, I am a fool." See more »


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Lyrics by William Shakespeare
Music by Joss Whedon
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The Best Modern Adaptation I've Seen to Date
26 June 2013 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

It really shows when a director is heavily interested in his project. It was clear to anyone that this was a very well thought-out and beautifully crafted rendition of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing".

The script speaks for itself. Whedon kept his version honest to the script and didn't overplay anything, as you see in many other renditions. He also fitted his direction very well with the play, and it wasn't a forced modern adaptation.

All the humor was genuine, and wasn't cheap at all. The humor from the script itself and the actions that the actors took really played well together, making it a very enjoyable movie.

The pace made sense, and Joss really made this his own production. You could tell he knew how he wanted to see the scenes and how he played them out. The levels between the actors (which, for those who don't know, is the use of height with the actors to make a scene more interesting) was really well played in some of the scenes. The directing was flawless, and really told the story beautifully. It wasn't too fast or too slow, it was just right. The acting from everyone was really well done, and kept you absorbed in the film. The film also followed the theme that Joss chose perfectly, and the use of locations was incredible.

If I haven't convinced you to see this film yet, I'm obviously not conveying what I want to say. This movie was a masterpiece, and very easy to enjoy. I would give it a ten out of ten, but I'll save that for when I watch the movie again (which should be very soon). Overall very easy to enjoy, light-hearted, very easy to understand, beautiful acting and directing, and probably the best modern adaptation of Shakespeare I've seen to date.

Joss, please make another.

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