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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Joss Whedon

In 1993, Kenneth Branagh attempted a lush, cinematic take on William Shakespeare’s famous play, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Attempting to counterpunch contextual impenetrability, Branagh turned the stage production into a luscious screen event, boasting stunning Italian countryside locations, heavenly golden bodies, and an all-star cast bent on challenging themselves with a rare outing of sophistication. It was a beautiful film, and perhaps bold enough to discourage beloved writer/director Joss Whedon from matching its sense of euphoria. His “Much Ado About Nothing” elects the opposite approach, refusing production polish, varied locations, and even color. It’s a stripped-down take on the Bard, ready-made for Whedon acolytes -- certainly interesting, but once you go Branagh, it’s difficult to go back. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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