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'Much Ado About Nothing' and 15 Other Shakespeare Adaptions To Make the Bard Applaud (And Cringe)

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Jun 10, 2013 | 3:33pm EDT

When you first were thrown a copy of Romeo and Juliet to read for English class, all you could think about was how hot Leonardo DiCaprio was as the male lead in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 adaption of the Shakespeare classic. Am I right, or am I right?

Shakespeare became a legend for his ability to entertain us on the page and on the stage, but nothing brings joy to our hearts more than watching films flourish or flop while attempting to recreate the magic that is a Shakespeare production. Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing is the latest Shakespearian play to take over the big screen. The contemporary comedic film breathes new life into the Bard's iambic pentameter while focusing on two sets of romantics who have contrasting views on love and how they express it. 

Before you check out Much Ado About Nothing, in theaters now, launch our gallery to view Shakespeare adaptions that got it right, and some that should have left things to the master. 

 GALLERY: 16 Shakespeare Adaptions To Make the Bard Applaud and Cringe

 

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