Written April 19, 2015
For fans of Joss Whedon, this movie is such a fun experience to see the former TV stars reunited, sometimes in new combinations. It did take my ears and brain a few minutes to get back into hearing and understanding Elizabethan language, but I got used to it. There's amazingly funny physical comedy at points, almost tongue-in-cheek but not in a way that detracts from the play's original intent. Amy and Alexis were so good... not just for the 'shippers who have waited for a Fred/Wesley reunion but purely in their roles as Beatrice and Benedict. Good times!
Written March 01, 2015
Can each & everyone act? This should be an Oscar statue for this ensemble! The setting is supportive of the discourse.Fillon is funny as hell as Dogberry. Unlike the usual presentation of this play , in which costumes are supposed to reflect either the Bards time or his supposing of another place-time, the modern setting does not get in the way like the clownish costumery of the usual pastiche ;it disappears and lets our understanding of the language flow. I have never been as enamored of Shakespeare as I was supposed to be.Kick-in-the rear!
Written October 01, 2014
The acting is superb, the cinematography is delightful (shots through windows, close ups, lots of care taken to what each shot should look like), the music is so fitting. I love that it was black and white. I thought this was even better than the Kenneth B. version. Bravo!
Written July 02, 2013
Very intriguing having a 16 th century story set in the 21 st century where it all works except the scandal surrounding women's virtue. It os riotous as is the play off of which it is based. If the speech was just slowed down a notch perhaps it would be easier to follow given it is middle English spoken at a New york pace.
Written July 05, 2013
I've probably seen twenty adaptations of Shakespearean plays, and this was the best modern adaptation, and maybe the best general production of all!!! Though I think Joss Whedon tweaked the screenplay a bit, it is real Elizabethan English with all the flair, poetry, and double entendre. It is the only one that successfully integrates the play into a modern setting in a way that does not seem forced or hokey. Please – if you want to see good theater adapted to the screen, GO SEE THIS!!!!