Directed by: Joss Whedon // Starring: Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg // USA
IMDB // Screened at JDIFF on February 23rd 2013
Joss Whedon fans rejoice. He’s taken Shakespeare, changed none of the original writing, apart from exactly two words (it’s not cool to blame stuff on the Jews Bill), and yet, the film remains so intricately Whedon-esque, that he makes the, at times daunting, Shakespearean dialogue accessible to a modern audience and has them shaking with laughter at the same time.
Much Ado About Nothing is set in the Whedons’ own grandiose home and was shot in black and white to emulate a distinctly 1940’s style. Whedon triumphs because he works with the people he knows and trusts, even if they don’t trust themselves (Nathan Fillion had to be almost beaten into the roll of Dogberry). This reviewer would happily have beaten him too, in hindsight. Having had the pleasure of seeing his performance, and that of the entire cast, I probably would have beaten them all, in the nicest possible way.
‘Done to death by slanderous tongue?’ – maybe some Shakespearean adaptations, but not this one. Don’t hmm and haww. Go. You’ll bah and hah! I promise.