Sunday, June 16, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing

Writer/Director Joss Wheedon has also taken on the role of Composer and Editor in bringing a modern-day version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing to the screen.  And, he’s done a hell of a good job.


Amy Acker as the acid Beatrice, Nathan Fillion as the dolt Dogberry, Jillian Morgese as the sweet Hero and Tom Lenk as the idiotic Verges are the standouts in a cast that is top-notch all the way around.

Jay Hunter’s beautiful black & white cinematography helps to put the iambic pentameter dialogue into a proper setting for the audience’s suspension of disbelief.   

The only issue I have is that, with the talk of war and mention of places like Messina, there might have been a better locale chosen for the action.  But to harp on that would really be much ado about nothing.

With Before Midnight and Much Ado About Nothing, adult audiences now have great reasons to be going to the movies.

I give Much Ado About Nothing a 4 out of 5.



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