Much Ado About Nothing 2012

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Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, Much Ado About Nothing. The story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.

Starring:
Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 47 minutes
Starring Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Sean Maher
Director Joss Whedon
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
Studio KALEIDOSCOPE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 7 October 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 47 minutes
Starring Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Sean Maher
Director Joss Whedon
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
Studio KALEIDOSCOPE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 7 October 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yarham on 13 Jun. 2013
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I saw this movie in the cinema, and it was more than worth the price of admission. The combination of Shakespeare, in one of his finest comedies, Joss Whedon at his best and his cast of superb actors made it sublime. The ability of Whedon to take you from hilarity (laugh out loud from everyone) to solemn drama in a moment is beautiful, aided by The Bard's words.

It took me all of about three lines of dialogue before I was captivated.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Willis on 19 Jun. 2013
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It is so rare that you go to see a film with high expectations only to find that those expectations did not do the true experience justice. Whedon's skill was to simplify the visual (single location, shot in B/W) but to allow the humour and brilliance of the pure Shakespearean script to bubble from the exciting, young and talented cast. Many of the actors I recognised from earlier Whedon works (such as Angel and Buffy). I can't recommend this film highly enough to the lover of razor sharp dialogue, words that 400 years and a modern setting, have not dulled.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lewis Prime Ronda on 4 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
Saw this in the cinema and have been waiting for it to come out on DVD. The choice of black and white was surprising but SO effective! If you have a hard time understanding Shakespeare, you won't here. The actors did a fantastic job respecting the Bard's words while at the same time saying them in a natural manner. Bravo!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By j.s.pullen on 2 July 2013
Format: DVD
This is a really thoughtful, well acted, and amusing take on the great play (far, far better than the Branagh version for example). The modern setting is not a distraction but adds weight to the story - the 'constables' as modern day security agents, the warriors are from the world of finance or business not literally army men, the ways of the modern wealthy middle class fit the story perfectly. Benedict is not the brightest person in the group and rather slow but that works well with the script, and Beatrice is a wonderfully feisty counterpart.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary on 8 Oct. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Joss Whedon is simply a legend and the fact the man that can bring to us vampire slayers, Avengers and so many other wonderfully eclectic creations, can approach this with such class is incredible.
The cast is a who's who of Whedon stars and friends and this is a joy for all fans. If not a fan, you are greeted instead with superb casting.

Amy Acker is ethereal and stunning as a formidable and formidably confused Beatrice. Alexis Denisof offers us a frustratingly smug but inherently loveable Benedict whilst Nathan Fillion is the jester cop full of laughs and light-hearted relief - the Ass!

I could go on (Clark Gregg, nice one sir) but simply, watch it. Just watch it - don't be reserved by the black and white, the Shakespeare play, just don't. If you like a drama full of twists, turns, deceit, love and unexpected but well-placed chuckles, just watch it and, enjoy!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on 28 Jun. 2013
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Exquisite, no? Compare Branagh's picture-postcard, classic-serial version. Hard to convey just how or why this is so effective, given the crap plot - well, it's a romance, innit? - but we wept. We haven't a clue who Whedon is or any of the cast (we see a movie a year, max, and scarcely watch TV), but these two old fogeys were touched to the core. And of course we laughed. At Benedick, that is. Dogberry we felt for; more tragedy than farce. Whedon doesn't put a foot wrong. The whole thing felt suffused with love

My last 'hot' films? The Social Network. Sideways. 11 Minutes Ago. Memento. Sweet Liberty. Guess that leaves a few gap years..
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Format: DVD
This is a great adpatation of the play Much ado. The Kenneth Brannagh verison is now a little dated still a great film/play but this one has actors i love a director I adore and most of all amazing prose and passion. When Amy Acker utters the line "I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest" you truely believe it.

Please if you're a fan of wheadon, Amy Acker, Alexi Dansiof or Shakespeare please buy this it's well worth the price.
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just got back into watching anything by William Shakespeare and this modern version of the play I did wonder if it would meet my expectations. I need not have worried as I loved it !! The two leads were excellent but the scene that brought a tear to my eye was with Clark Gregg so good!! the dvd arrived really early so I was really pleased
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