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Much Ado About Nothing

ado8Apparently if you’ve ever been in a Joss Whedon movie or series, you’re set for roles forever. Whedon likes his returns. I don’t know if it’s loyalty or he actually thinks they’re good actors, either way, it’s usually a good thing for audiences.

Much Ado About Nothing isn’t my favourite Shakespeare play, it gets draggy and basically the entire plot depends on whether or not Hero is pure. It does have some interesting nuances about why we love, how we love, and the lies, machinations, and misunderstandings that confuse the course of love. This is a smart, savvy, and seductive retelling.

Whedon likes to put his personal stamp on things. Adapted, directed, produced, composed the score, filmed at his house. It’s purely his.

For me, Clark Gregg was the best part of this film. He was playful, passionate, and pious – a perfect Leonato.

Although Nathan Fillion as the bumblingly brilliant Dogberry was delightful. And his scenes with Tom Lenk were hilarious.ado3

This is well-adapted, the changes seem to add rather than detract from Shakespeare’s original.

Whedon went with the now, but kept the then.





Very me

11 thoughts on “Much Ado About Nothing

  1. Nice, short review, Donna. Apt and to the point. I completely agree to Whedon leaving his personal stamp on most things he does. Anyway I’m a huge fan of his TV shows (Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) and now even his movies.

    Can’t believe that I haven’t checked this yet, in spite of being such a huge fan of his work. Yuor write-up served as a neat reminder.


  2. I agree with you totally about the film, especially about Gregg’s Leonato. I didn’t realize that was Whedon’s house.

    The play actually is one of my favorite Shakespeares, though — there’s something I thoroughly enjoy about the two principals pretending they can’t stand each other. I’ve had more than one relationship like that. 🙂


    1. Glad you liked it. The amazing thing about Shakespeare is he had something for everyone, if they give his works a chance. Yes, you basically want to tell Benedict and Beatrice to get a room the whole time. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂


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