Written June 24, 2013
I've been a fan of Joss Whedon for a LONG time - Buffy (the TV series, not the dreadful movie), Angel, FIrefly/Serenity, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible... and of course, he did a great job with The Avengers.
When I first heard he was doing Much Ado, I was mildly excited. When I saw the cast, I got chills. I caught a snippit when Nathan Fillion was on one of the late-night talk shows, and knew then I MUST see this.
The language is, of course, masterful. But what makes this adaptation wonderful is the intimacy achieved by these actors. The Branagh is a wonderful film, but there's something about what Joss brings out of his actors that sets this one on a higher plane. The choreography is delicious (the scene of Benedick being "set-up" by his 3 friends, with Alexis Denison trying to listen in while being unobserved). In addition, I think there's something extra for fans of The Whedonverse in the meta-details (the casting of Benedick and Beatrice as Wesley and Fred).
This one is a treat!
Written June 26, 2013
The acting was nothing short of absolutely fabulous in a smartly directed version of Much Ado About Nothing. Filmmakers really stayed true to the heart of the text, intelligently playing on tone, rhythm and prose. The musical score was excellent and had a life of its own. Costumes were fresh and gorgeous. Also, #DAMNIwantthathouse! This is a wonderful way to introduce your teen to Shakespeare.
Written July 21, 2013
well done, it compares nicely to the more traditional Branagh version. Different, of course. Both good. Joss Whedon has a wonderful, dry sense of humor that came through nicely. Highly recommend
Written August 10, 2013
There are so many people who have never been exposed to Shakespeare. There are also a number of people who don't understand Shakespeare - it's hard. But I think this movie would help that situation. Set in present day, it shows how universal and everlasting the Bard's words and situation really are. The acting was terrific and I was sorry when the movie ended. Sure hope Josh Whedon does a few more of these.
Written June 22, 2013
A great movie of my favorite Shakespearean comedies. Joss did an amazing job with this. Wonderful cast and a great interpretation. What is not to love. Go see it...now.