Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

107 mins
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Joss Whedon’s (The Avengers, Buffy) low-budget contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, filmed in black and white over a couple... More

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Much Ado About Nothing (2012) | Ratings & Reviews

"Much Ado has been done on the small screen several times, and cinema audiences were treated to a memorable traditional version with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson in 1993. But none are as cool as this. Joss Whedon’s contemporary take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, shot in black and white with a sexy vintage wardrobe, has a wit and style you won’t find in his kick-ass work for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly or The Avengers."

Flicks, Rebecca Barry HillFlicks

"An inspired example of Shakespeare-on-a-shoestring."


"A breezy but heartfelt Shakespear update that should put a smile on the faces of Whedon fans, Bard worshippers and anyone in the mood for a sharp, sassy romance."

Total FilmTotal Film

"The movie feels like too much of a lark. To paraphrase the play’s voice of reason, Friar Francis, it would be better if Whedon paused awhile and let his counsel sway us more."

Time OutTime Out

"From its very first scenes, Mr. Whedon's film crackles with a busy, slightly wayward energy that recalls the classic romantic sparring of the studio era."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"But Whedon's key coup is in simply directing a very good version of the play. He's got a keen ear for comedy, a no-nonsense approach to ditching the gags that don't work, a deft hand for slapstick and an eagerness to use it."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Whedon, without skimping on the tale’s tragic undercurrents, has crafted an irresistible blend of mirth and malice."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"A host of Whedon veterans puts on one of the funniest Shakespeare films in ages."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"It will require no conspiring to make you fall for this one; Whedon and Shakespeare are a perfect match."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"So kudos to the cast of Much Ado About Nothing, Joss Whedon’s scrappy, snappy take of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies. With little exception, the players assembled here — most of them veterans of the Whedonverse — pull off that difficult balancing act with gusto."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

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Comedy, Drama, Romance
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