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.
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.