» Reviews: Much Ado About Nothing (Blu-ray)

Nathan Schwartz

|    Friday, April 29, 2011

  • Director: Kenneth Branagh
  • Producer: Kenneth Branagh, Stephen Evans, David Parfitt
  • Writer: William Shakespeare. Kenneth Branagh
  • Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Kate Beckinsale, Robert Sean Leonard, Emma Thompson
  • Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Running Time: 111 min
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance


Branagh’s adaptation of the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing was fairly remarkable. It was luminescent, vivacious, funny, and, aside from Reeves (whose acting was subpar) and Keaton (who seemed somewhat out of place), well performed. However, Shakespearian plays aren’t necessarily for everyone mostly due to the Early Modern English used therein, which may be difficult for many to understand. So, in that respect, this movie may not be easily accessible for a certain percentage of the population. But for those who are capable of appreciating and comprehending Shakespeare, this wonderful, albeit not flawless, film is definitely worth owning.

Special Features

This film, of the Blu-ray releases of movies from years past I’ve seen lately, has the weakest selection of features by far, because there are only two of them. One is the theatrical trailer, which shouldn’t really be counted as a feature as it is, and the second is a making of. And that’s all she wrote, and that’s all I’ll write because though I could complain about the inadequacy of the special features, I’d just be making mountains out of molehills, or, if you will, making much ado about nothing.

Verdict: Buy It


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