Much Ado About Nothing
- 107 min
- 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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Reviews & features
Interview: Joss Whedon on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing4 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 Nothing26 Feb 2013
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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