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Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing Is Shakespeare At It’s Finest

What do you do when you are a multi-talented writer/director who needs a few days break from working on a big budget movie?  Why direct a Shakespeare movie of course.  That’s exactly what The Avenger’s director Joss Whedon did in the fall of 2011.  In 12 days, while in the midst of editing 2012’s The Avengers, Joss gathered a cast together to shoot Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, a movie which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and is about to hit screens everywhere tomorrow.

The movie follows Shakespeare’s original play almost word for word, while changing the setting to modern day.  The story follows two pairs of lovers; Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Hero (Jillian Morgese) who fall in love only to find their love tested due to the interference of Don John’s (Sean Maher) false accusations, and Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Beatrice (Amy Acker) who fall in love after their friends conspire to bring the pair together.  It’s a romantic comedy that stays true to its source.

Fans of Joss Whedon will no doubt flock to see his latest flick, but if they are not a fan of Shakespeare they may be disappointed.  There are no special effects, or science fiction elements, and instead just a good old classic tale of comedic love.  The film is shot in black and white, which gives it the feeling of an old style noir movie.  Keeping the language purely Shakespearean is a treat as well, and it shows that the language is still as relevant today as it was back in the day it was written.  Whedon fans will undoubtedly love the casting of the movie, with many of the leads having appeared in previous projects the director has worked on.  All them rise to the occasion to play the parts many actors and actresses have played before them, and all of them have great comedic timing.

If you are a Joss Whedon or a Shakespeare fan you should definitely give this movie a chance, and even if you are not you should still find yourself able to enjoy this love story for what it is.   It’s a fun film, has a nice flow from start to finish.

– Roderick Thedorff

 



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