Some of Shakespeare’s plays speak to me more than others. I’ve always been more fond of the comedies than the tragedies–Twelfth Night is a favorite of mine.

So when I saw Joss Whedon had done Much Ado About Nothing, I had to see it.

The cast. Image from Wikimedia by Tabercil.

The cast.
Image from Wikimedia by Tabercil.

Anyone much fond of television will recognize at least a handful of faces–some from other things Whedon directed, like Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, and Sean Maher. (Firefly and Buffy have combined! Space vampires are coming!)

The movie is in black and white, and the lines sound original. The plot is mostly unchanged from the play, as well. It’s set in modern times, with cell phones, cars, and guns–and it is in the acting and the silences that the few changes lie. I won’t give anything away, but I will say that the modern acting made the less-than-modern dialogue easy to understand.

And the actors did very well to sound real, instead of as if they were reciting some archaic, stuffy language. You could feel the romance between the couples, and the anger between enemies. Nathan Fillion, in particular, was hilarious as the bumbling Dogberry.

Go find it in a theater, if you can. It’s worth it.

 

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

2 responses »

  1. MarciaMarcia says:

    This reminds me Romeo + Juliet, with Leonardo di
    Caprio and Clair Danes. I loved that movie! It was so cool to see and hear it all in a modern setting, and it worked, too, at least for me. This sounds pretty neat, Caitlin. Thanks for the heads up. If I could hear well enough, I’d go. As it is, I’ll wait for it on DVD, so I can enjoy the captioning.

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