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13 June 2013

Much Ado About Nothing Review

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Firefly creator Joss Whedon takes on Shakespeare in his latest cinematic release; adapting the Bard’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing – which follows two couples in the time leading up to their marriages, while others scheme to thwart their happiness.

As with Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, Whedon’s film makes use of Shakespeare’s original dialect. However unlike that previous work, Much Ado About Nothing  is not so much set in a strictly modern period; instead exuding a timeless that is not representative of one particular era. This is in part due to the film having been shot in black and white – a factor that Whedon notes was due to a limited budget in addition to its aesthetic value.

The cast are assembled mainly from actors whom the director has worked with on previous projects, including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof and Nathan Fillion. All are excellent in their roles, and manage the source material very capably; particularly Clark Gregg (The Avenger’s Agent Coulson), performing his comedic turn effortlessly.

Much Ado About Nothing translates to the big screen in such capable hands, with Shakespeare’s humour and Whedon’s wit an appropriate pairing. While this will not appeal to the majority of film audiences, it will undoubtedly please fans of both writers, past and present, and it is good to see that Whedon’s creativity has not floundered following his recent successes. A worthy homage.


Sophie Stephenson

Rating: 12A
Release Date: 14th June 2013 (UK)
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg

7 March 2013

Thou Art Watch U.S Trailer For Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing

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It's amazing what you can do in under 12 days with a bunch of your friends, after Avengers Assemble Joss Whedon decided to make Much Ado About Nothing, check out American trailer.

Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing . Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that we call love. A Special Presentation at Toronto International Film Festival 2012 and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013, Much Ado About Nothing was also selected as the Closing Night film for the Glasgow Film Festival 2013.

Begs the question is Shakespeare for all the masses? Answer should be yes but as seen in in last years Coriolanus, even Anonymous box office they could be considered as failures as they weren't seen as films aimed at the general cinephile (with exception of Anonymous) but the sophisticated arthouse cinephile. With Whedon's background in delivering some of 1990's iconic fantasy/horror tv shows Much Ado About Nothing may just be the film that introduces Shakespeare to an whole new generation.

So who are Joss Whedon's friends who decided to help out their old mucha? Amy Acker, Emma Bates, Spencer Treat Clark, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg. They always say Shakespeare is an literature education and your eduction will start in UK&Ireland on 14 June