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Much Ado About Nothing
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10.23.2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Joss Whedon

Actors:
Amy Acker
Alexis Denisof
Nathan Fillion

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Joss Whedon's adaptation of William Shakespeare's comedy.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Fanboy favorite Joss Whedon seems an unlikely choice to adapt a Shakespeare comedy; but then again, there’s no reason the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer can’t enjoy the work of The Bard.

Those that read Much Ado About Nothing in high school or college (this reviewer never bothered, more or less because there wasn’t a Kenneth Branagh or Akira Kurosawa film to match) will find that little has been changed. All of the characters—Beatrice, Benedick, Don Pedro, Dogberry, Leonato, Claudio, Don John, and so on and on—are in place, as are the plot points. Even the dialogue seems to be spot on, just as Baz Luhrmann made his for Romeo + Juliet.

And just as with Romeo + Juliet, this adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing is incredibly awkward and unnatural. (Even the choice to shoot in black and white is out of place, there for no reason but to call attention to itself.) The cast, which is comprised of a bunch of Whedon’s friends and collaborators—there’s Amy Acker (Dollhouse), Alexis Denisof (Buffy/Angel), Reed Diamond (also Dollhouse), Nathan Fillion (Firefly/Serenity), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods), and Sean Maher (also Firefly/Serenity), to name a handful—sound like a group of actors reciting lines in some hyperactive and misdirected school play.

As a whole, Much Ado About Nothing is a silly production that has more energy that it does purpose.

THE EXTRAS
Director’s commentary with Joss Whedon: Whedon tends to give insightful and easygoing commentaries and this one for Much Ado About Nothing is no different.

Commentary with cast & Joss Whedon: This crowded commentary includes Whedon, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, and many more. It’s a crowded track that sometimes falls out of order, but fans will enjoy it.

Much Ado About Making Nothing (22:12): This making-of featurette uses interviews (with many of those involved in the commentaries) to give a look into the movie’s production.

Bus Ado About Nothing (6:09) looks at the road trip Whedon and his cast took from Los Angeles to Austin for SXSW.

“Sigh No More” Music Video

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing is an experiment between friends gone overboard, with the entire cast merely spitting out lines in rapid fashion. Special features include two commentaries that fans will enjoy, a making-of featurette and more.
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1:25PM on 10/25/2013

Terrible Review

I haven't seen this movie, so I could hate it, but this is the worst review I have seen on this amazing site in a very long time, if not ever. The job of the review is to inform the reader why the critic felt/ thought X/Y about the movie. Simply stating that the movie is 'incredibly awkward and unnatural' is simply stating the opinion that the rest of the review should be expounding upon. By failing to do so, you have wasted your time by writing, our time by having us reading it, and failed
I haven't seen this movie, so I could hate it, but this is the worst review I have seen on this amazing site in a very long time, if not ever. The job of the review is to inform the reader why the critic felt/ thought X/Y about the movie. Simply stating that the movie is 'incredibly awkward and unnatural' is simply stating the opinion that the rest of the review should be expounding upon. By failing to do so, you have wasted your time by writing, our time by having us reading it, and failed to enlighten us (the audience of your work) as to the specific issues with the film that make it awkward, etc. Hate it all you like, but give actual reasons and examples, etc., or else it's like asking your friend at the bar after drink what he/ she thought of the movie. That's not a review, it's simply stating an opinion. While there's nothing inherently wrong with that, this was suppose to be a review and failed spectacularly at that.
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4:24AM on 10/23/2013
It is your opinion and you're entitled to it, but boy are you wrong.
It is your opinion and you're entitled to it, but boy are you wrong.
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4:24AM on 10/23/2013

Dear Lord,

Worst review in the history of this website..... "Those that read Much Ado About Nothing in high school or college (this reviewer never bothered, more or less because there wasn’t a Kenneth Branagh or Akira Kurosawa film to match) will find that little has been changed. " This sentence is a complete impossible strain of words, YOU did not read it, yet you're able to tell little has been changed, even though you start out with "those who have read". And what you say about the black
Worst review in the history of this website..... "Those that read Much Ado About Nothing in high school or college (this reviewer never bothered, more or less because there wasn’t a Kenneth Branagh or Akira Kurosawa film to match) will find that little has been changed. " This sentence is a complete impossible strain of words, YOU did not read it, yet you're able to tell little has been changed, even though you start out with "those who have read". And what you say about the black and white is purely assumptive.... it isn't your style? fine. put that down instead.
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2:12AM on 10/23/2013

Ahaha

Oh wow, never has an opinion been so utterly utterly wrong.
Oh wow, never has an opinion been so utterly utterly wrong.
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2:00AM on 10/23/2013

One of the best movies of 2013

Please don't listen to this. At least be swayed by a different negative review. Reiterating other critiques, how does a reviewer know "little has changed", plot points are in place, etc etc.....if one has never bothered with the source material or at the very least, knew there was a branagh film to match?
Please don't listen to this. At least be swayed by a different negative review. Reiterating other critiques, how does a reviewer know "little has changed", plot points are in place, etc etc.....if one has never bothered with the source material or at the very least, knew there was a branagh film to match?
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1:25AM on 10/23/2013

It Was Great Fun

My wife and I saw it in the theater and really enjoyed it. Apart from seeing a huge number of the Whedon actors, the modern setting made the whole play much more fun than if it had been done completely straight. Let's face it, it's a silly Shakespearian comedy that doesn't make a lot of sense to begin with. The monochrome video production didn't bother me at all. It made the lighting simpler and helped it feel like a play. By the way, if you're going to criticize the production and
My wife and I saw it in the theater and really enjoyed it. Apart from seeing a huge number of the Whedon actors, the modern setting made the whole play much more fun than if it had been done completely straight. Let's face it, it's a silly Shakespearian comedy that doesn't make a lot of sense to begin with. The monochrome video production didn't bother me at all. It made the lighting simpler and helped it feel like a play. By the way, if you're going to criticize the production and staging of one of Shakespeare's works, at least read the damned thing once in your lifetime.
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