My first reaction to this adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing was that I wouldn’t be recommending it to people anytime soon. In my opinion, I didn’t really understand what the movie was trying to do. Between the keeping the original Shakespeare lines but putting it into a modern setting, as well as making the film in black and white, it seemed like too much at once. In addition, for some reason, the monologues (for example, when Benedick overhears that Beatrice loves him) seemed a little weird. It almost seemed like theater acting as opposed to movie acting (I know we talked about how in live theater, actors/actresses have to overact some things so the audience can fully understand what’s going on from a distance). Mixing that into a movie seemed odd and a little overdone (when he starts doing pushups in front of Beatrice when she gets him for dinner, it was funny but out of place).
I did like how they made the Conrad into a woman and made her Don John’s love interest – I think it added an interesting layer to their relationship and the plot in general. I also liked the comedic aspect in the scenes where Beatrice and Benedick overhear that they love one another. However, overall, I just feel like there were too many elements that the movie was trying to tackle, and it didn’t play out that well.