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Much Ado About Nothing [Blu-ray]
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From Joss Whedon, acclaimed Director of The Avengers: Assemble, and a stand out cast of Whedon s regular actors, comes this stunning new vision of Shakespeare's classic comedy. When Leonato, the Governor of Messina is visited by his friend Don Pedro, he is accompanied by two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. Claudio falls for Leonato s daughter Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice , the governors niece. A series of comic and tragic events help keep the two couples from truly finding happiness - but then again perhaps love may prevail in the end!
Second to none - 4 STAR --The Guardian
Everyone should see this movie --ign
Masterpiece - 5 STARS --HeyUGuys.co.uk
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Top Customer Reviews
I would certainly recommend it highly, I have been blown away by this version.
A cast that you will certainly recognize, from Joss Wedons other projects.
My stand out actor would have to be Clark Gregg (know for his Agent Coulson in the Avenger universe of f ilms and tv).
He was excellent.
Would recommend this film, don't be put off by it being in black and white, if anything it adds to the film.
It took me all of about three lines of dialogue before I was captivated.
My last 'hot' films? The Social Network. Sideways. 11 Minutes Ago. Memento. Sweet Liberty. Guess that leaves a few gap years..
The cast are Josh Whedon regulars, from Firefly, Dollhouse, and the like but they are clearly having a ball here. Nathan Fillion steals a few scenes, perfectly cast as Dogberry, shown here wondering around in dark glasses like someone pretending to be a secret agent. But frankly it's a whole cast affair with Alexi Denisof and Amy Acker sparkling as Benedick and Beatrice, Sean Maher playing a menacing Don John, while Fran Kranz and Jillian Morgese are sweet as the lovers whose romance is derailed by a lie.
The modern dress is played cleverly, guns for swords, maglights for lanterns, and modern zip-tie cuffs for the prisoners chains. Josh Whedon's house stands in for the palace (hell, it is a palace, I must start writing my own cult sci-fi series) and it all hangs together remarkably well.
I don't know why so many people are protesting the black and white. Critics have said it recasts Much Ado as a 1930s screwball comedy. I just think it brings out textures and gives this already anachronistic film a sense of timelessness. The picture is crisp and bright, and the blu ray allows a little extra dynamic range that shows of the pleasing contrasts.
I guess it will be mostly Whedon fans who give this a chance, which would be a shame, as it's a very entertaining movie, and a nice place to start if the idea of watching Shakespeare seems more like a homework assignment than an fun evening in. This version is light and sparkling in it's wit, dark in it's tragedy, with a genuinely moving ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Item arrived promptly in great condition. A lovely adaptation of Shakespeare's classic.Published 6 months ago by Shorty
What a fantastic interpretation of this Classic. Amazing what a group of very talented friends can achieve when they put their minds to it.Published 7 months ago by F. D. Mackay
I saw the reviews on this, as well as the cast and decided it was definitely worth a watch. I wish I hadn't. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Janie Galbraith
Truly awful, hacked up Shakespeare no demonstrable understanding of what they are saying. Really awful.Published 12 months ago by Joshua's mummy
They've tried unsuccessfully to turn Much Ado into an American sitcom but it just doesn't work. The whole thing is underplayed and they have managed to knock all of the humour out... Read morePublished 13 months ago by PingPong Player
Child took this to high school class: they loved it. The teacher thought it better than the Kenneth Branagh version.Published 13 months ago by B Wolf