"Much Ado About Nothing" as the title suggests, is on one level a well crafted comedy. Leonato and Hero fall in love, and are about to marry – an out-come put at risk by the machinations of Don John. The guests at the house-party determine to see if they can make the shrewish Beatrice and the commitment phobic Benedick fall in love, telling each that the other is desperately in love with them.
A great deal of the laughter and joy of the film depends on Beatrice and Benedick – and they do not let us down.
Modernising the play while retaining the language of the original plot leaves some loose ends – when, for instance, modern people express feudal attitudes – but the energy and pace of the production easily sweep such aside such moments.
Whether you are a Shakespeare lover, or have never read or seen one of his plays, this production will engage and entertain you, while also managing to convey timeless insights into the joys and follies of love.