Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

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Director: Joss Whedon

Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg


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Writer/director Joss Whedon (Serenity, Marvel's The Avengers) gives William Shakespeare's beloved battle-of-the-sexes comedy a contemporary makeover in this feature adaptation starring Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. In the wake of an eventful trip abroad, Claudio…  See more details below


Writer/director Joss Whedon (Serenity, Marvel's The Avengers) gives William Shakespeare's beloved battle-of-the-sexes comedy a contemporary makeover in this feature adaptation starring Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. In the wake of an eventful trip abroad, Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Benedick (Denisof) arrive safely back in their hometown of Messina, where Claudio wastes no time declaring his love for Hero (Jillian Morgese). Alas, when clever Benedick learns that his friend has poured his heart out to the daughter of powerful governor Leonato (Clark Gregg), he chides his old friend relentlessly over the syrupy assertion while engaging Leonato's outspoken niece Beatrice (Acker) in a series of spirited debates. Meanwhile, somewhere amidst all of the pointed insults and playful barbs, something that strangely resembles true love seems to blossom between Benedick and Beatrice. Nathan Fillion, Reed Diamond, and Sean Maher co-star.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Some artists survive in Hollywood by following a "one for them/one for me" approach. It's hard to think of a more perfect example of this than Joss Whedon going from the grand bombast of The Avengers to a low-budget, black-and-white take on Much Ado About Nothing. The real surprise, however, is that Whedon brings as much of his heart and soul to William Shakespeare's characters as he does to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's. One of the Bard's most admired comedies, Much Ado focuses primarily on the relationship between Beatrice (Amy Acker) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof), two equally witty and seemingly cynical members of court who take every opportunity to verbally needle each other, but are eventually tricked into declaring their deeply felt affection. Their story plays out alongside that of Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Hero (Jillian Morgese), a young couple whose impending nuptials are the reason people have gathered at a palatial estate. However, Don John (Sean Maher) is attempting to mess with everyone's plans by spreading rumors about the bride-to-be, and his henchmen just might pull off this nefarious scheme unless a seemingly dense officer named Dogberry (Nathan Fillion) can piece together what the would-be saboteurs have plotted. Whedon has been holding readings and stagings of various Shakespeare productions at his home for years, and this project is a direct outgrowth of those exercises. It has the charm of something homemade and cared for, so much so that it could be dismissed as a trifle if it weren't for the fact that the actors are uniformly superb. Denisof and Acker not only spar like a classic screwball couple, they make Shakespeare's dialogue -- which Whedon keeps even while setting the movie in modern times -- sound as natural as the characters on Buffy. Fans of the Whedonverse will have a fun time picking out the cameos by many of the writer/director's stable of actors, but his longtime collaborator Nathan Fillion gets the plum role of Dogberry, one of the funniest characters in all of literature, and turns in the best film work of his career. His gentle handsomeness helps sell Dogberry's apparent buffoonery, and with his uncanny comic timing, he lands some of Shakespeare's silliest and most appealing verbal jokes. He gives the kind of performance that gets an actor a lot of work. The box office for Whedon's quickie labor of love will be lucky to match a tenth of a percent of Iron Man and company's one-and-a-half-billion-dollar worldwide haul, but for those who enjoyed that superhero blockbuster for the banter and ensemble acting more than the Hulk smashing and hammer throwing, this Much Ado deserves and rewards your time.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Much ado about making nothing" featurette; "Bus ado about nothing" featurette; "Sigh no more" music video; Director's commentary with Joss Whedon; Commentary with cast & Joss Whedon

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amy Acker Beatrice
Alexis Denisof Benedick
Clark Gregg Leonato
Reed Diamond Don Pedro
Fran Kranz Claudio
Jillian Morgese Hero
Nathan Fillion Dogberry
Sean Maher Don John
Spencer Treat Clark Borachio
Riki Lindhome Conrade
Tom Lenk Verges
Ashley Johnson Margaret
Emma Bates Ursula
Joshua Zar Leonato's aide
Nick Kocher First Watchman
Brian McElhaney Second Watchman
Paul Meston Friar Francis
Romy Rosemont The Sexton
Elsa Guillet-Chapuis The Photographer

Technical Credits
Joss Whedon Director,Score Composer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Clint Bennett Musical Direction/Supervision
Cindy Chao Production Designer
Kai Cole Producer
Victor Ennis Sound/Sound Designer
Jay Hunter Cinematographer
Daniel S. Kaminsky Co-producer,Editor
Deborah Lurie Musical Arrangement
Shawna Trpcic Costumes/Costume Designer
Jed Whedon Musical Arrangement
Michele Yu Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Much Ado About Nothing
1. Scene 1 [6:36]
2. Scene 2 [7:10]
3. Scene 3 [5:12]
4. Scene 4 [7:26]
5. Scene 5 [5:57]
6. Scene 6 [6:12]
7. Scene 7 [6:06]
8. Scene 8 [8:25]
9. Scene 9 [5:38]
10. Scene 10 [6:29]
11. Scene 11 [7:52]
12. Scene 12 [6:15]
13. Scene 13 [4:21]
14. Scene 14 [6:51]
15. Scene 15 [14:16]
16. Scene 16 [3:50]


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