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Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

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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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Taglines:

Shakespeare knows 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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Company Credits

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Bellwether Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 Paljon melua tyhjästä (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Heavily
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
Music by Joss Whedon
Performed by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
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Poor Shadow of the Thompson/Branagh Version
18 April 2014 | by viridelSee all my reviews

OK, using "Shadow" in the title is a poor attempt at a pun over the use of black/white film... Which never works because there's never enough contrast. There is no Black, there is no White... It's tedious Grey, start to finish. Comparing this to the 1990's version is completely unfair, as in spite of 20 years of technological upgrades, the "original" sounds, looks and just feels better. This is using a TV-actor cast, and it unfortunately shows, as it's just wooden. The charm, banter and wit of the original (movie or story) is completely lost because nobody looks like they are actually enjoying themselves - making for a very strange "comedy".

I had to watch the Thompson/Branagh version as soon as I finished with this, just to get the poor taste out of my head - and I'm glad I did.


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