It will expand within those three cities on June 14, and is set to release nationwide on June 21 on screens. I am completely unfamiliar with this work, so this movie review of Much Ado About Nothing will come from the perspective of knowing nothing about the source material. The film has a fairly convoluted storyline, involving several intertwining stories. The interesting, yet hard to understand aspect of this film is that it seems to use much of the original dialogue, but is set in modern times, which is a little jarring at times.
By Geoff Chapman Note: This review originally ran during the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. Shakespeare was, of course, a master wordsmith and his dialogue is chock full of clever quips, and amusing turns of phrase.
This stripped down, black and white film adaptation of Much Ado brings together the Whedon stock players in a new light. You can feel the talent, and love for storytelling, in every frame of this film. Exit Theatre Mode The story follows two sets of would-be lovers, one sweet, the other amusingly antagonistic.
Upon seeing the beautiful Hero Jillian Morgesedaughter of the governor Leonato Clark GreggClaudio immediately falls head over heels in love and prepares to marry the maiden. Soon enough a conspiracy of matchmakers has Benedick and Beatrice reeling in the thralls of love.
At this point, Whedon devotees are standing up and shouting how awesome it is to see Wesley and Fred get together for realsies here. The good far outweighs the bad, though, when it comes to performance.
Acker makes the entire endeavor seem effortless. Exit Theatre Mode A small, but integral role by the one and only Nathan Fillion, playing night watchman constable Dogberry, will either strike the viewer as genius, or a step too far. Perhaps that worked well years ago, but nowadays it seems like an odd mix.
Knowing glances, a raised eyebrow here and there, and sideways smiles give this Much Ado About Nothing a feel of originality.
Fans of the play will find something here worth watching. This is a pretty fascinating movie to watch aside from just the story as the film looks absolutely fantastic.
Whedon has gotten quite creative shooting around a single residence. There are scenes staged especially wonderfully in and around an outdoor pool.
Although the setting is smaller, and much more confined because everyone is in a single house, that actually ends up working for the story, adding a new dimension to the tension. The lighting and camerawork should also be praised for their simplicity. Effective use of natural light and the employment of handheld cameras give the film a sense of immediacy.
Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves making this film, especially Whedon who has made a very clever adaptation of this romping fun story. Should Whedonites go to this movie?
Of course they should as all your old favorites are here. The more important question is: The simple answer is yes. Everyone should see this movie. But when you do go to see Much Ado About Nothing, please put it in context.
This is in black and white.CONTENT: I am not going to review the content of this book because it is, well, SHAKESPEARE: COMPLETE WORKS.
If you don't already know what that is, no review can help you. It is simply everything he ever wrote, from the plays to the poems. The action of Much Ado About Nothing occurs during several days of a visit by Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, and his followers at the large estate of Leonato, Governor of Messina.
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He also wants Claudio to marry Leonato’s “niece”—a girl who, he says, looks much like the dead Hero. Claudio goes to church with the others, preparing to marry the mysterious, masked woman he thinks is .
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in and , as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the First Folio, published in But instead of stretching out on a beach in Hawaii, he spent the time making a black-and-white version of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing on a day schedule.
The text is derived entirely from the play, the cast largely made up of experienced actors familiar to him, but not exactly stars, and the set is his home in Santa Monica.