Review: Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing


One of the best films of the year thus far.

Check out my review over at Roger Ebert.

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11 Responses to Review: Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

  1. mutecypher says:

    I’ve read that Joss has had Shakespeare-reading parties at his home for many years. The Buffy cast commented on it several times.

    And over at IMDB I see that RDJ has signed to play Iron Man in The Avengers 2 and 3. Maybe Joss can talk him into putting on a fat suit and playing Falstaff for Henry IV 1/2.

    • sheila says:

      He’d be a great Falstaff!

      I really loved it – was totally transported. Went into it not expecting much, frankly. It was magic!

      They must have had so much fun filming it (and also it must have been insane – they shot it in 12 days). Love it!

  2. mutecypher says:

    I’m hoping it makes its way to my tiny island’s theater. If not, that’s why God gave us Netflix.

    I’m glad to read that Alexis has such a prominent role. His character Wesley had such a great arc on Buffy/Angel. He spent much time mooning for Amy Acker’s character (and some kinky time with another character pretending to be her). I bet the two of them are wonderful together.

    • sheila says:

      Alexis is dynamite! There’s one scene where he does pushups in front of Beatrice, obviously trying to impress her, only making a fool of himself – and it was hilarious. The two are great together – of course it is hinted at in the script that Beatrice and Benedick have “history”, so to speak – so there is all of this past between them. I loved them in the roles, their scenes were incredible – her famous line “kill Claudio” was breathtaking.

      Excited to hear what you think!

      • sheila says:

        How great it would be if Whedon just kept going? Filming various Shakespearean plays on his down-time? You know, the 12 days in between his other major projects? He’s got a great repertory company all built in. I’d love to see him do more.

  3. ted says:

    I’m glad to hear your enthusiastic take on this. I was waffling and now I’ll definitely see it!

    • sheila says:

      I’m in love with it!

      • sheila says:

        I liked it better than the Branagh. Wasn’t crazy about Michael Keaton as Dogberry – who is one of my favorite characters in all of Shakespeare. Nathan Fillion is perfect. He is the Dogberry that is in my mind, if that makes sense.

        • ted says:

          I think the atmosphere of the Branagh, and the royal couple, were great. But a lot of the rest of the cast were second rate. I’m excited to see this one.

          • sheila says:

            Yes – I did like the Branagh and the atmosphere, the glory of that sparring love language!

            But here there isn’t a weak link, nothing second-rate. Even the bumbling cops who have one line manage to get a laugh out of them and create full 3-dimensional characters!

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