Written January 26, 2015
This is Shakespeare, edited for time but with the original dialogue and the original jokes but filmed in a modern setting. If that puts you off, this film will put you off.
As a Joss Whedon fan, the hardest part for me was to get over seeing all of these actors I recognized such "Wesley" as Benedict or "Agent Coulson" as Duke Leonato. However, this is not fault of the actors, just my preconceptions. Each played their part well, though none of them will be nominated for an Academy Award.
However, what might catch the Academy's attention is the directing, cinematography or editing. Shot in black and white the whole thing is just gorgeous. Interesting angles interspersed with thoughtful shots make it a joy to watch.
But the real question is, is it funny? The entire audience in my showing was laughing all over the place, so yes! Absolutely. Special mention goes to Denisof as Benedict who does as much pratfalls and physical comedy as Elizabethan zingers.
Written August 28, 2015
I've been looking forward to this movie since I first heard about it, maybe a year ago. That's a lot of build-up, and it did not disappoint! It's a lovely rendition of the play. Beatrice is by far my favorite Shakespeare heroine, and Amy Acker is wonderful in the role. Joss Whedon is a movie god. Go see this movie!
Written July 08, 2013
This isn't Shakespeare. The reviews are groupthink. Hey, it's okay to tell the truth about this film, it isn't intellectually dishonest to do so. I understand Shakespeare and the cadence of delivery, which, by the way, was delivered quite admirably. It isn't a good idea to transplant the Bard's depictions into the modern era and this film proves it. I actually left midway; I just couldn't be a witness to this travesty.
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!