Much Ado About Nothing is a modern adaptation of the Shakespearian play while keeping the same dialogue. It's the story of two lovers, one person from each of the pairs is believed to be cheating and so the characters in the film begin to make a whole lot of fuss and drama and threats in an hour and forty minutes of yelling and arguing. I'm sorry for the terrible synopsis I gave you, but that's essentially what it is.
Much Ado About Nothing failed to impress me. This is one of the few films that is praised by both critics and the audience yet I thought it was dull and boring. The film adds nothing new or special to the classic tale besides an update on the setting of the film. I'm not really that big a fan of the original storyline either. Much Ado About Nothing was a slow, dull, uncomfortable and boring adaptation that was essentially unnecessary.
The film, as I just stated, was slow and dull. I wasn't sure what the whole plot of the film was until just over a third of the film had passed by and even then I wasn't sure what this new film was about. There's not an awful lot that happens in this film which just added to how dull the film really was. I believe it was filmed in Joss Whedon's house over a short period of time and I don't believe that that is a reasonable excuse for a film to have nothing occur. There are much better films that only happen in one location.
The dialogue in the film just felt awkward and uncomfortable. I really enjoyed Romeo + Juliet which is similar to this in a lot of ways as it was a modern adaptation that kept the original dialogue, but here it just feels awkward. All the actors just looked uncomfortable speaking like Shakespeare and that, of course, makes the audience feel uncomfortable too. The dialogue just doesn't suit the modern day in this situation.
There were a lot of cheesy scenarios in the film. A fair amount of scenes in the film featured a large amount of cheesiness. There was one scene that was the most unbelievably dumb part of the whole film. A group of men are talking about another man in a negative way and this man they are talking about is literally laying on the barren grass outside with a branch covering his head. If the film was trying to be funny then they succeeded… in the wrong way. This wasn't the only scene like this either, there were dozens of others to go along with it.
To sum up Much Ado About Nothing was an uncomfortable and awkward modern adaptation of a classic Shakespeare story. The film was essentially unnecessary, slow, dull and very very cheesy.