History Theatre / MuchAdoAboutNothing

14th Apr '16 5:05:10 PM jamespolk
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* A [[Film/MuchAdoAboutNothing1993 1993 film]] featuring Creator/KennethBranagh and Creator/EmmaThompson as Benedick and Beatrice.

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* A [[Film/MuchAdoAboutNothing1993 1993 film]] directed by Creator/KennethBranagh, featuring Creator/KennethBranagh and Branagh as Benedict, Creator/EmmaThompson as Benedick Beatrice, and Beatrice.an AllStarCast that included Creator/DenzelWashington, Creator/KeanuReeves, Creator/MichaelKeaton, and Creator/KateBeckinsale.
11th Apr '16 7:30:13 AM broadwaygirl
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* TheChessMaster: Boraccio. Were he not overheard by the watch he would have gotten away with it all.

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* TheChessMaster: Boraccio.Borachio. Were he not overheard by the watch he would have gotten away with it all.



* ManipulativeBastard: Boraccio again. He manipulates Don John into paying him huge amounts of money to cause mischief, he convinces Margaret to pretend to be Hero whilst he seduces her, he convinces Claudio and Don Pedro that he has seduced Hero and at the end of the play he convinces Don Pedro that it was all Don John's fault and that Claudio is as much to blame for Hero's apparent suicide. And he seems to get away with it all too.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Boraccio Borachio again. He manipulates Don John into paying him huge amounts of money to cause mischief, he convinces Margaret to pretend to be Hero whilst he seduces her, he convinces Claudio and Don Pedro that he has seduced Hero and at the end of the play he convinces Don Pedro that it was all Don John's fault and that Claudio is as much to blame for Hero's apparent suicide. And he seems to get away with it all too.



* UnwittingPawn: Margaret to Boraccio.

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* UnwittingPawn: Margaret to Boraccio.Borachio.
11th Apr '16 6:27:23 AM broadwaygirl
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* BluffTheEavesdropper: Used to make Beatrice and Benedick fall in love with each other. Benedict and Beatrice's ''reactions'' to what they overhear are prime opportunities for physical comedy.

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* BluffTheEavesdropper: Used to make Beatrice and Benedick fall in love with each other. Benedict Benedick and Beatrice's ''reactions'' to what they overhear are prime opportunities for physical comedy.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Benedick and Beatrice both have lines that indicate their affections for each other well before the ZanyScheme: Benedick says that Beatrice "exceeds [Hero] as much in beauty as the first of May doth the last of December," and Beatrice confides to someone she thinks is a stranger (actually Benedick in disguise) that she wishes Benedick had "boarded" her. Also noteworthy is that one of Beatrice's very first lines in the play involves asking after Benedict's well-being under the pretense of mocking his military service.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Benedick and Beatrice both have lines that indicate their affections for each other well before the ZanyScheme: Benedick says that Beatrice "exceeds [Hero] as much in beauty as the first of May doth the last of December," and Beatrice confides to someone she thinks is a stranger (actually Benedick in disguise) that she wishes Benedick had "boarded" her. Also noteworthy is that one of Beatrice's very first lines in the play involves asking after Benedict's Benedick's well-being under the pretense of mocking his military service.



* ImportantHaircut: After they convince Benedick that Beatrice is in love with him, Don Pedro and Claudio run into Benedick and notice that he has shaved. They start teasing him about his sudden clean-shaven appearance, seeing this as proof that their ploy to get him to fall for Beatrice has worked. Not used in many productions, but used to great effect in the Joss Whedon film version. This may also be combined with Beatrice's earlier jabs about not liking men with beards or clean-shaven men, perhaps having Benedict shave his beard into a mustache in a clever nod to that earlier scene ([[TakeAThirdOption he doesn't have a beard anymore, but neither is he clean shaven]]!).

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* ImportantHaircut: After they convince Benedick that Beatrice is in love with him, Don Pedro and Claudio run into Benedick and notice that he has shaved. They start teasing him about his sudden clean-shaven appearance, seeing this as proof that their ploy to get him to fall for Beatrice has worked. Not used in many productions, but used to great effect in the Joss Whedon film version. This may also be combined with Beatrice's earlier jabs about not liking men with beards or clean-shaven men, perhaps having Benedict Benedick shave his beard into a mustache in a clever nod to that earlier scene ([[TakeAThirdOption he doesn't have a beard anymore, but neither is he clean shaven]]!).
10th Jan '16 9:22:33 PM tropesinreadiness
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* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Balthazar has a song with the line "Men were deceivers ever." Coincidence? In a scene about pulling an elaborate practical joke? In a play full of deception and distrust of every kind? Not ruddy likely!
6th Nov '15 9:02:15 AM Phoenixion
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* A 1993 film featuring Creator/KennethBranagh and Creator/EmmaThompson as Benedick and Beatrice.

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* A [[Film/MuchAdoAboutNothing1993 1993 film film]] featuring Creator/KennethBranagh and Creator/EmmaThompson as Benedick and Beatrice.



* Also in 2011, on vacation from filming ''Film/TheAvengers'', Creator/JossWhedon shot a shoestring-budget adaptation of his own in his house, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in June of 2013 to much critical praise.

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* Also in 2011, on vacation from filming ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', Creator/JossWhedon shot [[Film/MuchAdoAboutNothing2012 a shoestring-budget adaptation of his own own]] in his house, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in June of 2013 to much critical praise.



!!Tropes from the 1993 Adaptation:
* AdaptationDistillation: Trimming longer scenes and a bit of reorder as well as removing obsolete words.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: All the good male characters wear uniforms with blue lapels and blue jeans, while the evil male characters have black lapels and [[HellBentForLeather black leather pants]].
* GreenEyedMonster: Other than envy towards his half-brother Don Pedro and towards Claudio being in Don Pedro's favor, it seems that Don John may had or have an interest in Hero, Claudio's love interest, possibly adding another reason for Don John's attempts to break apart Claudio and Hero.
* HappyDance: In celebration of Beatrice's supposed "love" for him, Benedick splashes around in the pond.
* HollywoodGenetics: Creator/KeanuReeves and Creator/DenzelWashington as half-brothers. Given both that and the relative quality of their acting, it takes quite the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief to go along with.
* InsultBackfire: Dogberry is called an ass by one of the conspirators. He seems very pleased and flattered to be addressed so.
* LargeHam: Creator/MichaelKeaton as Dogberry. Also, the film does feature Creator/BrianBlessed in a minor role.
** Creator/KennethBranagh, especially his hilarious monologue about the benefits of marriage, ending with this line:
-->"THE WORLD MUST BE ''PEOPLED!!''
** Keanu Reeves practically gnashes his teeth as the "plain-dealing" villain. He even gets a cackling getaway once his plan comes to fruition.
** Claudio's [[WhatTheHellHero callout]] of Hero at the first wedding. It has to be seen to be believed.
* LimitedWardrobe
* MonochromeCasting: {{Averted|Trope}} with the casting of Denzel Washington. Who is Keanu Reeves' half brother.
* MrFanservice: Don John is shown oiled up and shirtless, a nice shot for the ladies.
* NobodyHereButUsBirds: Benedick eavesdropping on Pedro and Claudio's chat. (It doesn't fool them for a second)
* TheOner: The tracking shot at the end of the film doesn't add anything to the plot, but it sure is festive. Lasting a good 2 and a half minutes, the camera zooms between all of the principal characters as they sing and dance, finally ending on an aerial shot of the entire villa.
* PeopleFallOffChairs: Benedick's reaction to hearing that Beatrice is in love with him.
* RaceLift: Denzel Washington is cast as the prince. The blatant anachronism is ignored by all and justified by nothing--other than perhaps the RuleOfCool.
** To be fair there's also quite a number of the other actors who are clearly of predominantly Celtic or Northern European ancestry, but are playing characters who are (ethnically and culturally) Italian and Spanish.
* ShowerScene: The opening credits, which doubles as HoYay and/or Les Yay.
* {{Tsundere}}: Both Beatrice and Benedick are so delightfully so, especially when portrayed by EmmaThompson and KennethBranagh.
* WalkAndTalk: Don John is perpetually on the move, forcing Borachio to hurry behind him while talking.

!!Tropes from the Creator/JossWhedon Adaptation:
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Benedick delivers one to Claudio, challenging him to a duel to defend Hero's honor.
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: Hero watches the funeral set up to fool Claudio. In his commentary, Whedon explains that this was added as an attempt to make it more palatable that Hero would forgive him, as she gets to see how truly repentant he is for what he did to her.
* BrickJoke: Benedick had written a poem on a scrap of paper - and tossed it over a wall. This comes back to haunt him later.
* CallForward: Boracchio is seen seducing and making out with Margaret in the background of quite a few scenes, which would explain why she agreed to have sex with him in Hero's clothes later. Also, when Don John tells Claudio that Don Pedro is wooing Hero for himself, Claudio immediately believes him and is extremely distraught until Don Pedro sets him straight. This scene establishes exactly how gullible and impetuous Claudio is and makes his later betrayal of Hero more believable.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Mostly because shooting in B&W considerably decreases the time required to light and set up a shot, which is useful when you only have 12 days for rehearsals and principal photography. \\
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At least one critic commented that shooting in black and white gave the movie the feel of such classic relationship comedies as ''Film/HisGirlFriday'' and ''Film/AdamsRib'', which suited the performances of Alexis Denisoff and Creator/AmyAcker who demonstrated a Tracy/Hepburn level of on-screen chemistry.
* DreamTeam: The cast is clearly something of a real life example for Joss Whedon. Almost all of the principal cast are stars from other productions of his.
* {{Flashback}}: The text implies a past love between Benedick and Beatrice (Beatrice says, "Marry, once before he won [my heart] of me with false dice"). Flashback scenes show that she and Benedick once slept together, only for things to fall apart. This helps explain why they constantly engage in a "skirmish of wit" whenever they meet, while proclaiming their intentions never to be married. It also makes their inevitable LoveEpiphany more believable.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Benedick trying to hide while eavesdropping about Beatrice's love for him.
** And one in the foreground a few minutes later as Beatrice eavesdrops about Benedick's love for her.
** Also, during the party, Benedick carries on a conversation without noticing that his marshmallow has caught fire.
** When filming the scene where Dogberry and Verges hand Borachio and Conrad to Don Pedro, NathanFillion and Tom Lenk acted as if they had locked themselves out of their car. This was originally not even on-camera, but when the crew found themselves cracking up at the two, Whedon insisted that it was filmed and added in.
** Also, at the second wedding, Claudio says he will marry the disguised Hero [[ValuesDissonance "were she an Ethiope"]]. A black woman is standing behind him looking unamused as he says this line, and behind her Benedick screws up his face in embarrassment after Claudio says it.
* GenderFlip: Both Conrade and the Sexton are women in this version. In the former's case, Whedon states outright on the commentary that it was purely so he could make Don John's initial conversation with Conrade more interesting by having them discussing their EvilPlan in the middle of sex.
* GlassesPull: Dogberry and Verges are constantly putting on sunglasses under the mistaken belief that it makes them look cool.
* HandshakeSubstitute: When they have proof that Benedick's finally realized his feelings for Beatrice (they see him gazing lovingly at her photo) Don Pedro and Claudio fist-bump each other.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: It seems like ''everyone'' is slightly drunk for the whole movie. This could cross over into TruthInTelevision; Creator/JossWhedon and several of the cast members have all implied that every time you see a character with a drink in their hand, the liquid in the glass isn't exactly water, if you know what we mean.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Benedick dresses as one at the masquerade ball, which was chosen because Denisof had already shaved for the film's second half. It also may serve as {{Foreshadowing}} for his attempts to eavesdrop on the ZanyScheme.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: When Claudio and Hero are about to get married, Benedick sees that Claudio is angry and tries to subtly pacify him. When it becomes apparent that that isn't happening, Benedick heads straight to the bar for a drink. Whedon explains on the commentary that this was to justify his not speaking up as the argument gets nastier.
* KickTheDog: After Don John ruins Hero at the wedding, he hangs back to steal the cupcakes meant for the reception.
* LampshadeHanging: Rather than cut or alter Claudio's [[ValuesDissonance controversial]] "I'll hold my mind, were she an Ethiope" line when accepting his 'mystery bride' at the second wedding, Whedon instead has a black female guest standing right behind him who visibly glares at this point. Doubles as a FunnyBackgroundEvent / [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Moment]].
* NotStayingForBreakfast: The film opens with Benedick doing this to Beatrice.
* SettingUpdate: Moved to the modern day, with the implication (by costuming) that the soldiers are spies (or, as at least one reviewer suggested, that the war the men are returning from is a corporate war or even a mafia war). This allows for clever use of a smart phone as a way to relay action, but also serves to highlight [[ValuesDissonance the nasty sexual politics of the original play]]. This being Joss Whedon, one could suspect that was partly the point.
** Actually, it seems like a mafia war would be the most likely out of the three settings proposed above. Legitimate corporate executives don't generally haul around their defeated opposite number in handcuffs or carry firearms in their suitcases, and spies or federal agents wouldn't bring arrested convicts into their homes or let high-profile photographers take pictures of them. The mafia theory can also be supported by the film noir-ish black and white and the characters' Italian names.
** Creator/ClarkGregg once stated outright that it was a mafia war in an interview that also included Creator/JossWhedon, and Whedon said nothing to contradict it. Make of that what you will.
* {{Sexposition}}: As described above, Don John's "plain-dealing villain" speech is turned into this.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Dogberry takes his job as the supervisor to a squad of rent-a-cops with comical seriousness and pomposity. Although the behavior of Filion's Dogberry appears to be mostly driven by his insecurity developed from having to hang around ''legitimately'' cool characters all day.
* SpitTake: Hero does one when Don Pedro suggests that Benedick and Beatrice would make a good match.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: After Conrade gives her "You are an ass!" rant to Dogberry, one of the watchmen restrains her by lightly grabbing her shoulders. Granted she seemed more interested in slapping and screaming at Dogberry than escaping, but that doesn't really explain why touching her shoulders was enough to stop her from doing that. Lampshaded in the DVD commentary, when the cast wonder how that constitutes "restraining" her.
17th Oct '15 2:59:32 PM Pastykake
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A [[ZerothLawOfTropeExamples forerunner]] to the RomanticComedy genre by Creator/WilliamShakespeare, the plot of ''Much Ado About Nothing'' centers on two couples: Hero and Claudio, whom the villain Don John spends the play trying to drive apart, and Beatrice and Benedick, whom most of the other characters spend the play trying to bring together.

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A [[ZerothLawOfTropeExamples [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples forerunner]] to the RomanticComedy genre by Creator/WilliamShakespeare, the plot of ''Much Ado About Nothing'' centers on two couples: Hero and Claudio, whom the villain Don John spends the play trying to drive apart, and Beatrice and Benedick, whom most of the other characters spend the play trying to bring together.
16th Oct '15 9:08:24 AM ZeldaQueen64
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* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: As noted in Joss Whedon's commentary, Amy Acker(Beatrice) and Jillian Morgese(Hero) do look like they could be cousins.




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* StandardFemaleGrabArea: After Conrade gives her "You are an ass!" rant to Dogberry, one of the watchmen restrains her by lightly grabbing her shoulders. Granted she seemed more interested in slapping and screaming at Dogberry than escaping, but that doesn't really explain why touching her shoulders was enough to stop her from doing that. Lampshaded in the DVD commentary, when the cast wonder how that constitutes "restraining" her.
5th Oct '15 5:32:25 PM gemmabeta2
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* SmallNameBigEgo: Dogberry takes his job as the supervisor to a squad of rent-a-cops with comical seriousness and pomposity. Although the behavior of Filion's Dogberry appears to be mostly driven by his insecurity developed from having to hang around ''legitimately'' cool characters all day..

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* SmallNameBigEgo: Dogberry takes his job as the supervisor to a squad of rent-a-cops with comical seriousness and pomposity. Although the behavior of Filion's Dogberry appears to be mostly driven by his insecurity developed from having to hang around ''legitimately'' cool characters all day.. day.
25th Sep '15 3:47:44 PM LondonKdS
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* PoorCommunicationKills: Okay, it doesn't really, but we need to guilt trip Claudio, so play along, 'kay?

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* PoorCommunicationKills: Okay, it doesn't really, but we need The whole debacle at the wedding, and a lot of heartache, could have been averted if Leonato had actually taken some time to guilt trip Claudio, so play along, 'kay?listen to Dogberry's and Verges' report of the arrest of Borrachio and Conrad.
9th Sep '15 9:45:40 PM gemmabeta2
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* SmallNameBigEgo: Dogberry takes his job as the supervisor to a squad of rent-a-cops with comical seriousness and pomposity. Although the behavior of Filion's Dogberry appears to be mostly driven by his insecurity developed from having to hang around ''legitimately'' cool characters all day..
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