Much Ado About Nothing
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 7, 2003
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: MGM
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case - Checkpoint, Sensormatic
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Stereo Surround - English, Spanish, French
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette - 1. MAKING OF MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
- Trailers - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Denzel Washington & Emma Thompson|
|Performer:||Kenneth Branagh, Keanu Reeves, Michael Keaton, Robert Sean Leonard, Kate Beckinsale & Chris Barnes|
|Directed by||Kenneth Branagh|
Much Ado About Nothing is one of the few movies of recent years that could leave its audiences weeping with joy. Full Review
New York Magazine/Vulture
Doyle's enrapturing music and Branagh's cinematic grip of the play--inventive, lithe, somehow Shakespearean--are splendid. This Much Ado is a flawed gem. Certainly, regrettably, flawed; still, a gem. Full Review
The New Republic
Imaginative, intelligent, and brilliantly filmed, Branagh's Much Ado... is likely to make many people-especially the young-understand that Shakespeare can be vital, interesting, moving, and fun. Full Review
The New York Review of Books
What a piece of work is this. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- A joyous romp whose forced jollity is only occasionally wearing. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Branagh's highly entertaining and accessible take on one of the Bard's zestiest comedies. [Blu-ray] Full Review
...A delectable golden glow practically radiates from the screen....MUCH ADO shimmers...
When gallant Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), his nefarious brother Don John (Keanu Reeves), and close confidantes Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard) and Benedick (Kenneth Branagh) ride thunderously into the Sicilian village of Messina, romance, gaiety, and suspicion abound. The men have returned safely from a war, and soon everyone in the sun-drenched villa is abuzz with thoughts of love. Claudio, enamored of the purity of the nubile Hero (Kate Beckinsale), entreats Don Pedro to woo the maiden on his behalf that evening at a masked ball. Once he's managed the successful betrothal of Hero to Claudio, Don Pedro has another plot in mind: he plans to trick Hero's bantering cousin Beatrice (Emma Thompson) and sworn bachelor Benedick into acknowledging they've fallen in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, driven by contempt for his compatriots, has hatched a plot of his own: to fool Claudio and Don Pedro into believing Hero is unchaste. The plot works perfectly: sensitive but volatile Claudio denounces her publicly on their wedding day. All seems lost, and soon the attempts to set things right include a formal duel, a scheming friar, a mock memorial and a gaggle of bumbling constables. With its excellent cast and beautiful Tuscan backdrop, director Kenneth Branagh's film is a light-hearted adaptation of yet another of Shakespeare's great plays.
Description by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:
Full of "sparkling merriment" (The Hollywood Reporter), this sexy, sunny comedy positively sizzles as one set of lovers battles against a dirty trick, and another set simply battle seach other! Adapted by Oscar® nominee* Kenneth Branagh and featuring an all-star cast, this charming romp "casts the battle of the sexes in the form of an elegant dance" (The New York Times). A military war has just ended, but the "merry war" between Beatrice (Emma Thompson) and Benedick (Branagh) rages on! Can their friends trick them into making love instead' For that matter, can another couple's devotion survive the evil Don John's (Keanu Reeves) vicious lies' It's up to the blundering constable (Michael Keaton) to save the day so that the course of true love may yet run smooth!
Based on Shakespeare's comedy of 1598, this springtime tale is about two love affairs both assisted and complicated by the scheming of busybodies. One couple is coaxed together by gossip, and another is almost driven apart forever in this winsome and fresh adaptation shot on location in the lush hills of Tuscany.
Rivalry | Romance | Stage Play | Racy | Deception | Recommended | Period Piece | Bucolic | Theatrical Release
- Theatrical release: May 7, 1993.
- Filmed on location in the Tuscany region of Italy.
- Kate Beckinsale made her silver screen debut in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
- Sales Rank: 33,568
- UPC: 027616869548
- Shipping Weight: 0.12/lbs (approx)
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