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Much Ado About Nothing [Blu-ray] [1993]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 15)

    Special Features


    • Making Ado About Nothing featurette
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Much Ado About Nothing
    Actor Kenneth Branagh made his directorial debut with a rousing screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry V. Four years later, he returns to the bard's work with this lively version of one of Shakespeare's best comedies. Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), the Prince of Aragon, returns victorious from battle to the praises of the Governor of Messina, Leonato (Richard Briers). One of Don Pedro's bravest men, Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), falls in love with Hero (Kate Beckinsale), Leonato's daughter, and they plan to marry. However, Don Pedro's devious half-brother Don John (Keanu Reeves) opposes the match, and he devises a plan to turn Hero against Claudio. Meanwhile, Benedict (Branagh), Don Pedro's second-in-command, detests Leonato's niece Beatrice (Emma Thompson), but Don Pedro cleverly brings them together by making each think that the other is secretly in love with them. Much Ado About Nothing also features Michael Keaton in a showy turn as Dogberry. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kenneth Branagh
      Kenneth Branagh - Benedick
    • Michael Keaton
      Michael Keaton - Dogberry
    • Robert Sean Leonard
      Robert Sean Leonard - Claudio
    • Keanu Reeves
      Keanu Reeves - Don John
    • Emma Thompson
      Emma Thompson - Beatrice



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    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome

      Posted
      Jewelsterdefro
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      Okay, so let me start with my minor critical remarks. I thought Robert Sean Leonard's performance was a bit uneven and, Keanu Reeves was well...Keanu Reeves, which is to say I think they could have made a better casting choice. Their performances convinced me of something I've always believed which is that American actors should steer clear of Shakespeare. Having said that, Denzel Washington and Michael Keaton were great as always, so I guess American actors can do Shakespeare after all. When this movie first came out, I went and saw it in the Theatre every week that summer (and I never see any movie more than once in the Theatre so that should give you some idea of how great it is). I laughed, I cried, and in my opinion, its the best Shakespearean comedy adaptation I've seen. Kenneth Branagh's directing is great as are the performances from most members of the cast including a young Kate Beckinsale in her film debut and Emma Thompson who was amazing. The music is great, the costuming and camera work are as well, I can't say enough good things about this movie. If you like Shakespeare, you'll love this movie and even if you're one of those people who struggle with the language in Shakespeare plays I think you'd still enjoy it because the story is very easy to follow even if you don't understand every word which is spoken.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hilarious movie

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      EngineeringJohn
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      We watch this time and again for the wonderful wordplay between Beatrice and Benedick, masterfully played by Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh. I also get a big kick out of the ridiculous constable, as interpreted by Michael Keaton. It was finally time to get a copy of our own, so we did. This DVD comes with a small special feature, the "making of."

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      greatest shakespeare play

      Posted
      Riah1354

      this movie inspired me so much as an actres,Kenneth Branagh is one of the most amazing actors , he captures you in this reality he makes, when he did his monologue on how does Beatrice love me , it was incredible i was so inspired, also he does many Shakepeare movies and he does great in those , also there in denzel and a great oter stars , this movie does Shakespeare justice in so many was.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Well done movie

      Posted
      Drit

      I would say if you like funny movies based on British plays (ie "The Importance of Being Earnest") you'll like this film. They did a great job of adapting the play into movie form, the sets are well done, and the acting catches the characters very well. If you don't like British humor or intelligent dialogue (you have to think to follow along), you won't like this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good adaptation

      Posted
      irishpink86

      This version of Much Ado About Nothing is a good adaptation, and as far as I'm aware the best one. If you like Shakespeare and this play in particular, this film is certainly worth checking out. If you don't, there is still plenty to enjoy here even if the horrible acting of Keanu Reeves almost ruins the whole thing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

      Posted
      Kenny
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      I have loved this movie ever since it came out. It is a great Shakespearian adaptation with amazing actors. Everyone does a great job with their characters. I wish their were more special features but you can't beat blu-ray for the price. It was a must-own for me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Shakespeare Adaptation

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      kevman79

      An superbly well trained cast makes this screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' well worth a watch. Good dvd, but some bonus features would have been nice.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      excellent

      Posted
      lytncreamy

      another one of Shakespeare's excellent plays come to life. The acting is superb, each actor complimenting the next and really making the movie come together. 'Hey Nonny, nonny!'

      I would recommend this to a friend



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