Much Ado About Nothing
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…
Plot Keywords: guitar / toasting-marshmallows / party / mask / trapeze
Taglines: Shakespeare knows how to throw a party.
Certificate: Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:0 | Hungary:12 | Ireland:12A | Mexico:B | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:M | Russia:16+ | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | United Kingdom:12A | United States:PG-13
Cast: Amy Acker , Alexis Denisof , Nathan Fillion , Clark Gregg , Reed Diamond , Fran Kranz , Jillian Morgese , Sean Maher , Spencer Treat Clark , Riki Lindhome , Ashley Johnson , Emma Bates , Tom Lenk , Nick Kocher , Brian McElhaney , Joshua Zar , Paul Meston , Romy Rosemont , Elsa Guillet-Chapuis , Adam Blake Carver , Kim Alu , Salvador Alvarez , Joren Anderson , Cas Austin , Donovan Ayub , Brent Ballatore , Chloe Bateman , Arthur Bateman , Josh Berman , Joel Blacker , Sara Blindauer , Alex Bloomingdale , Samar Bloomingdale , Brett Ryan Bonowicz , Karin Bracher , Mark Bracher , Weston Bradley , Silas Briton , Amy McIntyre Britt , Susan Budd , Ronnie Campagnone , Joseph Carnegie , Naomi Chan , Martin Charles , Kai Cole , Anya Colloff , Julia Dalzell , Mike Danner , Jacob Darby , Kelsey Darragh , Giulia Davis , Tim Davis , Jenny DeArmitt , Sara Dorfman , Brandon Elonzae , Elsi Eng , Chris English , Sasha Feiler , Amanda Fein , Kara Fein , Patrick Ferman , Ben Fickes , Peter Frederiksen , Ashley Friedlander , David Fury , Drea Garcia , Kristen Garemani , Noyan Garemani , Catherine Garrison , Anne Geare , Margie Glick , Steve Glick , Caroline Williams , Drew Goddard , Rachel Goldman , Elliot Graham , Drew Z. Greenberg , Anna Grimm , Micki Grover , Mimi Haddon , Cailey Hall , Alisha Hallett , Elin Hampton , Brin Hill , Sabrina Hill , Naiby Hilton , Andrew Hoegl , Nicole Hoegl , Matthew Hood , Tamar Malley , Nelly Imame , Tarik Inhaddou , Mulu Johnson , Jeannette McNeil Jones , Daniel S. Kaminsky , Mike Kaminsky , Nathan Kelly , Tom Kemper , Carla Kettner , Rachel Klauber-Speiden , Alan Klyce , Paren Knadjian , Andrew Knauer , Holly Knight , Diego Kontarovsky , Gudni Kristjansson , Catherine Kyritsi , Joel Landson , Aileen Latcham , Paul Leslie , Joanne Levin , Jenny Lynn , Noah Maffitt , Cairin Malley , Amanda Marlon , Nicki Maron , Henry Mason , Dex Matthews , John T. McCracken , Bryce McLeay , Kara McVey , W. Robert Millar , R. Emerson Moncure , Ryan Moore , Glen Moorman , Josh Newlight , Nina Newlight , William Nicholas , Sadin Thomas Oel , Grant Olsen , Cathy Pack , Missy Parker , Sean Parks , Sarah Petrie , Noelle Piche , Allison Post , Amanda Powers , Craig Pratsch , Danita Rafalovich , Lisa Randolph , Kate Register , Lisa Rosen , David Rothenberg , Sean Russell , Jenev Schilling , Mila Shah , Jessie Sherman , Stacy Shirk , Adam James Shirley , Lysandra Silber , Althea Sircar , Becky Sloviter , Corissa Pacillas Smith , David Solomon , Kimberly Source , Adrienne Spiridellis , Evan Spiridellis , Karyne Steben , Sarah Steben , Laura Stokes , Bo Sundius , Maurissa Tancharoen , Casey Taylor , Lauren Taylor , Kimberly Tien , Ricky Titus-Lam , Riley Trela , Alison Trope , T. Miguel Vanegas , Sorrina Vasquez , Jed Whedon , Zack Whedon , Natalie Whittle , Aimee Williams , Malika Williams , Joshua Zepeda , Joan Zoloth , Debbie Van Zyl
Company: Bellwether Pictures
Country: United States
Released Date: 14 Jun 2013 (UK)
Film Location: Santa Monica, California, USA
Runtime: 109 min
Color: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Martin Emes » I was lucky enough to see Much Ado at the UK premier last weekend, and I'm very glad I got the chance. I've been a big fan of Joss Whedon's work for a long time. However my knowledge of Shakespeare is very little, so I read the play first, which really helped me understand the text and the time period and appreciate some of the humour. I would highly recommend any Whedon fan who isn't familiar with Shakespeare to read the play before you see the film.
Much Ado struck me as a lovely little independent film. It's a delight for fans of Joss, as we get to see many fan favourite actors clearly having a great time. Alexis and Amy both shine, and Nathan was hilarious and great, despite this being his first time doing Shakespeare. The acting from the entire ensemble is consistently engaging, and most importantly, the film is funny throughout. Filmed entirely at Joss's house, which is a beautiful location and made all the better in glorious black and white. This and the understated music really add an interesting atmosphere to the film. After all, it is a 500 year old play put in a modern day setting, so it's kind of other-worldly. As for what this interpretation adds to the much loved play, certainly there are some subtleties of the characters and their lives which Joss has expanded on.
This film is the first to be released through Joss's independent production company Bellwether Pictures, and it bodes very well for the future of Joss's independent film work.
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