Friday, June 21, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Screenplay by: Joss Whedon
Story by: William Shakespeare

Amy Acker as Beatrice
Alexis Denisof as Benedick
My rating: 5

Per imdb:
A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

Neat-o trivia bits from imdb:

* In a May 2013 interview, Joss Whedon noted that aside from abridging the text, he stayed completely true to Shakespeare's original dialogue - except for the Act 2, Scene 3 line in which Benedick says "if I do not / love her, I am a Jew." It was changed to "if I do not love her, I am a fool."

* Many of the actors/actresses have worked previously with Joss Whedon on one or more of his works: Nathan Fillion (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods), Ashley Johnson (Dollhouse, The Avengers), Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, The Avengers), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), Sean Maher (Firefly), Riki Lindhome (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods), Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Cabin in the Woods).

* This movie was filmed at Joss Whedon's Santa Monica home, which was designed and decorated by Whedon's wife Kai Cole. Cole suggested Whedon make it in lieu of going on vacation for their 20th anniversary because it had long been his passion project.

PeekInside: i love the music used for the trailer (Rose Rouge by St. Germain)

My two-bits:
Thoroughly good Shakespearean fun in a modern day black and white setting with witty wordplay.


GET familiar with the original...

Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare
READ it online.
HEAR it online.

CHECK out this version...

Much Ado About Nothing
-Manga Shakespeare
by William Shakespeare
adapted by Richard Appignanesi
illustrated by Emma Vieceli


  1. I can't wait to check it out. I hope I love it.

  2. I just heard about this!!! This is probably my favorite Shakespeare play since it's not a tragedy and it's pretty darn funny, even for my immature teenage mind back in the day ;) Can't wait to see it!

  3. +JMJ+

    Much Ado about Nothing is one of my favourite Shakespearean comedies! I really love the chemistry between Benedick and Beatrice. =) I judge every production by the staging of the eavesdropping scenes, because so much is going on during each one that you'll know the skill of the director and the cast by how well they are able to pull them off!

  4. Oh I need to see this - ok I take my comment back about the rebooting old movies haha


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