Written November 03, 2013
This movie was a waste of time.
Written July 06, 2013
Being a Shakespeare lover I knew I had to see this when I heard they were making it. I really enjoyed it! Shakespeare is always tricky in terms of language but I feel it is very accessible and easily understood, that being said the actors are excellent and it is very well directed. I loved the treatment and as I do each time I see this play the constables are my favorite characters and Joss Whedon's casting of Nathan Fillion is genius!
Written June 08, 2013
As a long-time Shakespeare fan, I was curious to see what Joss Whedon and this talented cast would make of Much Ado. The answer: a treat! Whedon brings his signature irony and wit to a classic script. He turns archaic references into wry, self-aware puns, puts polish on some scenes that are hard to sell to a modern audience, and tells a classic story with respect, understanding and humor. The cast is excellent, and has chemistry that feels more like a stage troupe than a big-screen movie. This film is fun to watch for fans of Shakespeare and people who've never seen the play, and feels like it was fun to make.
Written June 13, 2013
A review of this movie seems almost beside the point. It's a bunch of fantastic actors getting together to put on one of history's greatest romantic comedies. The cinematography is beautiful, and the performances are delightful. If you're into Shakespeare at all, you really need to see it.
Written June 22, 2014
This isn't the first time someone has taken a Shakespearean play, preserved the iambic pentameter, and set it in modern day. This is a decidedly American rendition with American actors using American accents to deliver Shakespeare's words without alteration. The effect is not altogether lame, as these are fine actors and the love story and drama come through intact. However, it doesn't work all that well, in my opinion. I was left wanting to see it redone with modernized dialogue or the proper setting.