Much Ado About Nothing
A Shakespeare adaptation may seem an odd project for writer, director and producer Joss Whedon, master of cult television (Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and superhero megahits (The Avengers). But Whedon, with his knack for inspired comedic repartee, proves to be well suited for the challenge, delivering an inventive, modern-day version of one of the Bard’s most beloved plays.
Filmed in Whedon’s own Santa Monica home during a brief break from The Avengers, this new Ado is a devilishly sharp celebration of banter and flirtation, unruly plots and unlikely romance, and was clearly a passion project for all involved. Trading quill pens and horses for smartphones and limousines, Whedon deftly handles the multiple storylines, each one rife with political intrigue, matchmaking schemes and romantic misunderstandings. Playing up the physical comedy and sharply delivered barbs is an impressive ensemble cast—a combination of trained Shakespeareans and notable members of Whedon’s unofficial stock company. Amy Acker (Cabin in the Woods, Angel) and Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) shine, briskly exchanging a “merry war” of insults as feuding lovers Beatrice and Benedick, and Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly) is a particular standout as the hapless Dogberry.
With its flat-out gorgeous black-and-white cinematography, stellar cast and breakneck pace, Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing holds a unique appeal. Fans of the masterwork will find all the pleasures of the original, while audiences of all stripes will enjoy this fresh spin on high comedy by one of today’s greatest showrunners.
"Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare's classic tale is swanky, sexy and sophisticated, as bracing as a dry martini poured from a silver shaker on a summer night." - Nell Minow Chicago Sun-Times
"Whedon’s whipcrack wit proves a perfect fit for this biting love story of romantic conspiracies." - Helen O'Hara, Empire
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk
Runtime: 107 minutes
Distributor: Entertainment One
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