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Much Ado About Nothing (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.

Director:

Joss Whedon

Writers:

Joss Whedon (written for the screen by), William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Acker ... Beatrice
Alexis Denisof ... Benedick
Nathan Fillion ... Dogberry
Clark Gregg ... Leonato
Reed Diamond ... Don Pedro
Fran Kranz ... Claudio
Jillian Morgese ... Hero
Sean Maher ... Don John
Spencer Treat Clark ... Borachio
Riki Lindhome ... Conrade
Ashley Johnson ... Margaret
Emma Bates ... Ursula
Tom Lenk ... Verges
Nick Kocher ... First Watchman
Brian McElhaney ... Second Watchman
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Storyline

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 http://muchadomovie.com/#story

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Shakespeare knew how to throw a party See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beaucoup de bruit pour rien See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$171,941, 9 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,327,763, 4 October 2013
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Bellwether Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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The masquerade party scene was an actual party thrown by Joss Whedon and his wife. All the extras were friends of Joss Whedon and his family or film students, and real alcohol was provided for the guests. Only the principle actors abstained, drinking colored water instead. See more »

Quotes

Dogberry: Well , masters good night.
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Connections

Version of Lyubovyu za lyubov (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Sigh No More
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
Music by Joss Whedon
Performed by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
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The Best Modern Adaptation I've Seen to Date
26 June 2013 | by mateen-manekSee 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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