Much Ado About Nothing


Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 14903


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October 03, 2013 at 05:05 PM



Ashley Johnson as Margaret
Amy Acker as Beatrice
Nathan Fillion as Dogberry
Clark Gregg as Leonato
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814.68 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 49 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dissident320 4 / 10

Backyard Shakespeare

I'm not a lover of Shakespeare by any means but I do truly enjoy Kenneth Branagh's take on this play. It's fun, romantic and full of great performances (Even by Keanu Reeves!). This movie feels like it misses the point completely. Despite being one of his lighter plays it feels overly serious throughout. It's more dinner theatre than a genuine movie. I get that this was a passion project but then why make it like this? No one nails the dialogue and nobody seems like they're having any fun except for Nathan Fillion.

Lastly, I have no idea why it was black and white. If anything it just made it feel more dull and inconsequential. If you're going to do black and white give it some contrast and maybe shoot with actual film. It looked very digital with the saturation pulled out.

There's nothing new and exciting to take from this, so if you really enjoyed the 1993 version I highly doubt this one is for you. The characters are dull and unmemorable and I kept getting the men mixed up. Skip it.

Reviewed by Charles Herold (cherold) 8 / 10

Shakespeare as Indie Cinema

I notice a lot of the most negative reviews of this movie are from hardcore Shakespeare buffs, so I'll start by noting that I am not one of those. Shakespeare is challenging to understand and this particularly play has some serious issues with it, and I watch Shakespeare adaptations in part just to see how people repackage the Bard and try to deal with the complexity of the language. So for me, a black and white, modernized version of Much Ado About Nothing with a millennial vibe is appealing.

The movie does a good job with the dialogue, with actors speaking in a reasonably conversational tone that avoids "I AM ACTING Shakespeare" pitfalls. The cast is uniformly excellent, but I found Amy Ackerling and Nathan Fillion particularly effective. And while, as usual, I sometimes lost the thread of individual sentences, overall it's a very witty play, even if it has a plot that was probably absurd even at the time.

I will say that overall I'd give the edge the Kenneth Branaugh Emma Thompson movie version. As likable as the cast in this one is, the talent of the leads in the earlier version has an electrifying quality lacking here. But it's definitely worth watching.

Reviewed by Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) 9 / 10

Let it been written down that I am an ass...

A little more than halfway through Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, our anti-heroine Beatrice and our anti-hero Benedick profess their love for each other. It's a tender, affecting moment that neatly offsets the humor of the rest of the film. It's such a beautiful scene, in fact, that I grew misty eyed and euphoric, and that's how Shakespeare movies and plays are supposed to make you feel.

Elegant without being condescending, Whedon's modern-day take on the classic comedy of errors is a masterpiece. In short, Don Pedro, his right-hand man Claudio, and his brother Don John visit a noble named Leonato. Leonato has a daughter named Hero, with whom Claudio quickly becomes infatuated. Don Pedro offers to woo Hero at the evening's costume party, whereupon he will "give" the young lady (with papa's permission) to Claudio. Simple subterfuge, but all is revealed to Hero, and all is well. Until the villainous Don John gets involved, that is, and a major misunderstanding tears the couple apart.

While all of this is going on, Claudio's best pal Benedick - an avowed bachelor who scorns marriage - spars verbally with Hero's cousin Beatrice, who is equally adamant on the topic of marriage. This being Shakespeare, I think we have a good idea where these two are headed. Oh, and along for the more-obvious comic relief (as opposed to the more cultured banter between Beatrice and Benedick) is the local night watchmen, overseen by Dogberry, a man who would have trouble detecting his own behind with both hands. I'm digressing, but you get the idea.

I won't go too much deeper into the plot, because most viewers probably had to read the play in high school or college. Since it's a comedy, suffice to say that all's well that ends well. But the performances! Many of the players had worked with Whedon on earlier projects such as Angel, Buffy, Castle, Firefly, and The Avengers and may be familiar by look if not by name. Nathan Fillion, the able captain of the good ship Firefly, is well cast as the clueless Dogberry (in one memorable ad-libbed scene, Dogberry and his assistant realize they've locked their keys in their car and frantically search their pockets). Clark Gregg, Agent Coulson to you, plays Leonato. But the entire cast stands out. This is a real triumph of talent, expertly shot (at Whedon's own house) and acted with such audacity and tenaciousness.

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