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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing
  • 2012
  • US
  • 107 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joss Whedon
  • Written by: William Shakespeare, Joss Whedon
  • Cast: Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion
  • UK release: 14 June 2013

Shakespeare's spiky, witty, problematic play is the grandparent of the modern romcom, and Whedon's version is no stunt: he's been conducting private readings of it for years. The actors are experienced and adept (with Acker a particular pleasure as Beatrice) and it's realised with simplicity, elegance and emotional directness.

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Interview: Joss Whedon on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

4 Jun 2013

From commandeering superheroes in The Avengers to a low-key adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing

To those with knowledge of both Shakespeare and Joss Whedon, it won’t seem like a culture clash for the man behind Firefly, Buffy and The Avengers to take on Much Ado About Nothing. Rapid-fire repartee, gender warfare and even the odd rhyming couplet…

Much Ado About Nothing

26 Feb 20134 stars

This lo-fi project from Joss Whedon is an elegant adaptation of the Shakespearean play

It’s not classed as one of Shakespeare's hard-to-categorise 'problem plays', but there’s plenty that’s problematic in this mid-period comedy. The traducement, rejection and humiliation of the innocent Hero, for instance – and her capitulation thereto…

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