Much Ado About Nothing

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Date Screened: 9th December 2013

Synopsis

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 and tragic events may continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.

DIRECTOR: Joss Whedon

STARRING:
Alexis Denisof , Amy Acker , Fran Kranz

RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes

LANGUAGE: English

COUNTRY: United States

BBFC RATING: 12A (Click here for the full classification report)

Reaction Index Score: 88%

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Reviews

The Guardian logo
There was a great fear in the 1960s and 70s that various respected directors who’d moved into making epics and blockbusters would be unable to return, even occasionally, to more modest productions. Some of them didn’t, most notably David Lean. Some of them did, most impressively John Huston with Fat City, Wise Blood and The Dead. The same query was raised over Francis Ford Coppola and, more recently, hangs over Christopher Nolan. But the 49-year-old Joss Whedon has triumphantly answered the question … Click here for the full review
telegraph
Here was an idea that felt in advance like a gimmick or a stunt: Joss Whedon, prime mover of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and director of last year’s superhero franchise hit Avengers Assemble, spent 12 days shooting this low-budget modern-dress Shakespeare adaptation in black-and-white in the grounds of his own home, using members of his informal repertory company for his cast. … Click here for the full review

Mark Kermode

Outspoken, opinionated and never lost for words, Mark Kermode is the UK’s leading film critic.Feted as one of the finest film reviewers of his generation as well as for his impeccably-coiffured quiff, Mark Kermode presents the film review on Radio 5 live with Simon Mayo in a broadcast partnership that has lasted nearly 20 years.
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Empire Online logo
It’s in balancing these competing elements and characters that this version really shines. While Branagh’s adaptation was ravishingly sun-soaked and drunk on its own loveliness (arguably luvviness), this one is steelier — even as it’s leavened with comic buffoonery from Nathan Fillion’s ridiculous Dogberry. By giving everyone a moment to shine, Whedon creates a Shakespearean Scooby gang of fully-rounded individuals and a fizzily fresh take on this story of love, lies and love-sparked-by-lies … Click here for the full review and rating
total-film
A breezy but heartfelt Shakespeare update that should put a smile on the faces of Whedon fans, Bard worshippers and anyone in the mood for a sharp, sassy romance … Click here for the full review and rating
sight-and-sound
As clear and light as a California wine, Shakespeare’s most sparkling dialogue meets its match in Whedon … Click here for the full review
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