Double Feature Saturday: Much Ado About Nothing

Did I say Double Feature? Well, make that Triple Feature Saturday!

There are not one, not two, but three versions of this Shakespeare play on film. Let’s get started.

Much Ado About Nothing chronicles two pairs of lovers: Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero. Claudio and Hero are the starry eyed sweet young lovers who basically fall in love at first sight, whereas Benedick and Beatrice are old acquaintances whose flirting consists of disdainful glances and sharp, pointy words that try to cover up their barely concealed attraction to one another.

There’s a good deal of conspiracy going on–B&B’s friends trick the two into confessing their love for one another; the Prince’s brother Don John tricks Claudio into believing Hero isn’t as innocent and pure as she says she is, leading to her “death,” on her wedding day.

There’s comedy, there’s drama, there’s dancing! It’s a big party.

Written and directed by Kenneth Branagh, the 1993 version stars Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, and Keanu Reeves.

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In 2011, David Tennant and Catherine Tate were reunited in London for a hilarious stage version of Much Ado.

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To rent or buy, check out Digital Theatre HERE.

Check out a little sneak peek HERE.

2012 brought us Shakespeare from Joss Whedon and friends. Now, this one I haven’t seen, but HEY. It’s Joss Whedon and his friends, actors from Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, Avengers, Firefly…I’m pretty sure it’s not going to suck.

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(all images found via Google)

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