Much Ado About Nothing (2012) - Comedy, Drama, Romance

Hohum Score

10

Engaging

A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Joss Whedon
Stars: Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 12 out of 94 found boring (12.76%)

One-line Reviews (56)

The cinematography, shot in black and white all hand-held, is stunning; lots of times the camera just discovers characters and moves with ease through the location - again adding to the authentic feel.

It was involving and tricky in that usual Shakespeare way of totally involving us in what is going on and taking us for almost two hours worth of a diversion away from our everyday lives, but what a light, playful and tremendously entertaining diversion that is.

However, there are moments when the tone really does work and I enjoyed it, and I think it was mostly due to when the soundtrack choices really hit the spot.

Entertaining Modernized Shakespeare .

The story is boring.

The pictures are bland, the chandeliers quiet.

Joss Whedon has achieved the impossible - he made a Shakespeare comedy, DULL.

This is the most romantic "Much Ado" I have ever seen, and the most emotionally compelling.

Whedon is very well known for his snappy, witty dialogue and physical comedy, making him the perfect director of this film.

The acting is totally flat and boring, with actors and actresses miscast.

Still this was a worthwhile watch and very enjoyable.

Boring .

Very enjoyable, very relatable, extremely satisfying.

The intense comic spin she put on her one or two lines blew away all the dialogue of Wheedon's Much Ado.

Next the clumsy way of making Ursula have more screen time (by giving her some of Margaret's scenes) is irksome and confusing.

But it's definitely worth watching.

The malapropism-prone constable Dogberry embodies the theme of confusion.

The humor from the script itself and the actions that the actors took really played well together, making it a very enjoyable movie.

Glorious fun and hugely entertaining .

The funny moments are VERY boring.

When you think about it, this really is supposed to be Claudio and Hero's movie (and both Kranz and Morgese are equally awesome in their roles), but Benedick and Beatrice make for the more engaging plot line.

" It's hard to imagine how such an intriguing idea turned into such a lackluster film.

The rating is lower because it was very hard to follow despite me being a native English speaker.

I thought this was a freakishly pretentious effort from the guy who brought us Firefly (a pretty good show) , Angel (a middling show) and Buffy The Vampire Slayer (a not so great show).

If anything it just made it feel more dull and inconsequential.

All very posh, understated -- and bland.

The acting from the entire ensemble is consistently engaging, and most importantly, the film is funny throughout.

Glorious fun, hugely entertaining.

It's more like a light yet pleasing dessert, than an intense, meaty movie.

Transposed to an American setting, Joss Whedon's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING proves a highly entertaining romance.

The characters are dull and unmemorable and I kept getting the men mixed up.

I found the dialog very hard to follow and understand.

As I left, the usher on the door commented to me how enjoyable it was for her to be on duty on an evening when every person leaving had a big grin on their face.

An enjoyable romp through one of my favorite Shakespeare texts.

Joss Whedon's enjoyable take on one of The Bard's romantic comedies .

Filmed in the span of a mere twelve days at Joss Whedon's own (unsurprisingly beautiful) home parallel to the production of The Avengers, Whedon's low budget adaptation of Shakespeare's eternal comedy is as much a personal project as they come - and yet as universally enjoyable an experience as one could hope.

It's tedious Grey, start to finish.

The temptation here is to say that a very entertaining movie can be made simply, cheaply and quickly (12 days filming).

Entertaining Rendering of Shakespeare's Play .

It looks like a great house for entertaining -- and indeed the play, as shot, unreels like a party, with characters continually pouring each other drinks from omnipresent wine bottles and bars.

This movie is boring, difficult to understand, black and white, and not funny.

Amongst an uninspiring cast, Don Pedro's character was the best of the bunch.

Alongside these very convincingly and entertainingly portrayed realistic figures and the more than decent ingénue, Hero, Whedon has fun with playing up the ridiculous melodrama of the piece using our irredeemably embittered villain, Don John (an entertaining sour-faced Sean Maher) and the classically comical villain's goons (Spencer Treat Clark and Riki Lindome) and bumbling police adversaries (Nathan Fillion, Tom Lenk, Nick Colcher and Brian McElhaney) to good effect.

Casting Riki Lindhome as Conrade was an exceptional twist that infused the early set up scenes with unexpected (and much needed?

The most purely enjoyable Shakespeare film ever.

The only thing really making this worth watching is the writing.

The dialect is cute and all, but it was very difficult to follow.

But where Whedon gives the most is where he does the least: by choosing to leave the original language unaltered - apart from abridging it here and there - he subjects his viewer to a constant stream of incredible wit and a breathtaking reminder of just how beautiful the English language can be; and that no one has ever been more in command of it than the elusive genius that is Shakespeare.

The other actors/actresses pale in comparison to his charming and entertaining performance!

This movie is bland and neutral too.

It ends up being more than a fresh take and enjoyable ride with all it's quirks ultimately satisfying it's 100+ minute length.

Astonishingly Pretentious.

Initially for me the Early Modern colloquial English dialogue jarred uncomfortably against the clearly modern American accents, gestures and costume of the characters, but I very quickly accepted this stylised oddity for the sake of entertaining escapism, as I did with Baz Lhurmann's similarly anachronistic revisionist adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

It took some getting used to, but once well under way, the picture turned out to be quite entertaining.

And the acting is VERY, VERY boring.

The plot progresses as most old literature does, and the story, while beyond predictable, is never dull, aside from a tested understanding of the language.