Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato's daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor's niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange for a marriage.
In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, tries to get Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies: Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple Hero and Claudio, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.
A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.
To those for whom Elizabethan English is but a foreign language, then this performance is not for you. For while the setting has been updated to the contemporary, the wonderful wit and whimsical poetry remains true to its origins. And unfortunately, understanding the vernacular and its context requires more than a casual effort.
With that said, I did enjoy this adaptation. The updated setting was interesting and while some of the performances were uneven, Amy's portrayal of Beatrice carried the film and Alexis' Benedict is a capable foil for her. It was also great fun to see a whole bunch of actors, who are well known for their other roles both past and current, take on the Bard, for w
Well, what can I say, this one is an acquired taste to be sure,and I don't recommend it to anyone unless you are a dyed in the wool Shakespeare fanatic. I could not follow anything that was going on and the characters were totally unreachable. I don't know, if you are a fan of this sort of thing than go for it, but otherwise save your money and give it a miss.