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Little Ado

Upon re-upping the Shakespeare in my Netflix queue after enjoying "Slings & Arrows" for the third time, I came across some one-star reviews of Kenneth Branagh's "Much Ado About Nothing".

(Disclaimer: I love this movie way more than I should.)

We couldn't sit through the first 10 contrived minutes, and decided not to watch this film. It is a very artificial-feeling scene of pastoral merry making on a hillside en plein air against real Tuscan scenery, but characters speaking in poetic verse and theatrical voices (why use a theatre voice outdoors in such place of terrific honest beauty?). i.e. "Hey nonny nonny". This is not for everyone.

a) if you didn't watch it, don't review it.
b) Yes, Shakespeare's characters speak in poetic verse and theatrical voices, and say "hey nonny nonny."
c) if you're going to throw around terms like "en plein air", well...just don't.

And here's another one:

This movie is boring. I couldnt even watch 10 minutes of it. It is hard to understand because they use old renesance talk.



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Jul. 11th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
I love your take on the world! And I have to agree, if you didn't watch it how can you honestly give it a review? I hope you gave it a review that you felt it deserved to counter these less than intelligent reviews.
Jul. 12th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Nah! Because that would represent attachment and ego.

Whereas criticizing and making fun of other people's lame-ass non-reviews is just good clean fun.
Jul. 17th, 2008 09:35 am (UTC)
Your response hear actually made me snort out loud. Hee! *hearts*
Jul. 17th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
er, here. *sigh*

Jul. 17th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
I have a split personality...ha-ha-ha-HAH!
Jul. 12th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Methinks these reviewers be idiots. Watch the entire movie and then provide an intelligent response.
Jul. 12th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
Behold! Even ordinary people in Canada and the US say stuff like "methinks" and "behold."

Ah me.
Jul. 12th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
I think if you look up "missing the point" in Roget's, it has these reviews listed as examples.

Jul. 12th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)

Look! There it is! Right in the thesaurus. Amazing.
Jul. 12th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
I often go about my work day speaking in a theatrical voice *and* in poetic verse, so don't tell me about 'artificial-feeling' buster. Hey nonny nonny.

Besides, retail practically requires it.
Jul. 12th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
Ah, lack-a-day!

You're right, of course.
Jul. 12th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, I feel sorry for those people. That's one of my very favorite movies!
Jul. 12th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Moi aussi--one of the few I own. It may be flawed, but it's so joyous!
Jul. 17th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
My mom and I went to see it in the theater twice. I'll never forget after the first viewing, she leaned over and said, "I have no idea what they were saying half the time, but I LOVED it!" and it was so cool to share that with her, you know? Now I'm all nostalgic and want to watch it with her again.
Jul. 17th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'm that way with all Shakespeare productions--certain words and phrases (plus the acting) come through to me loud and clear, and are so moving that who cares if the wild swirl of other words really registers?

One of the things I love best about "Slings & Arrows" is the way it picks out certain wonderful moments in Shakespeare and elucidates them, while playing madly with overall Shakespearean themes.

That, and Paul Gross.
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Talking of S&A...the C6D group viewing/chat this week is season 1
Jul. 17th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Damn! I just sent S1 back to Netflix.

I can see some more DVD purchases in my future. I can't access that particular sisterofdream post, but when I'm not at work, I'll see what I can do about correcting that.

Thank you!
Jul. 17th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, I didn't notice it was locked. But instructions for the viewing should be available in other unlocked posts. "I'm thinking episodes 2, 3, and 4: Geoffrey Returns, Madness in Great Ones, and Outrageous Fortune, because we need to see sword fights and prison visits."
Jul. 17th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
What is it Oliver says? "You may want to avoid that position in here, darling"?

I'm longing to hash all these episodes over with fellow squeeing fangirls viewers. I'll make every effort.
Jul. 17th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
"That's not a good position for prison, darling."

I like the "That's a good position for prison, darling" on the bloopers :)
Jul. 17th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Canadian bloopers pretty much rule.
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