Watching "Much Ado About Nothing"
Published on July 2, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review Joss Whedon's adaptation of the Shakespeare play "Much Ado About Nothing."

Here's an excerpt:

"The new adaptation of the William Shakespeare romantic-comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' has the feel of a low-budget film made by a group of friends, which is both a good and bad thing.

Shot in about two weeks at director Joss Whedon’s California home while he was taking a short break from making 'The Avengers,' the cast is filled with TV veterans who will be familiar to fans of Whedon’s cult TV shows, such as 'Dollhouse' and 'Firefly.' On one hand, the small-scale, contemporary setting — this 'Much Ado About Nothing' takes place in the here and now — is liberating, smartly updating one of the Bard’s best-loved plays and showing how many of his themes still reverberate. On the other hand, I found myself wishing Whedon had taken even more liberties with the play than he does, and opened it up just a bit more: Despite the modern dress and glossy black-and-white palette, this is a very faithful adaptation, and the social mores of Elizabethan England don’t always translate to the year 2013.

But they mostly do, so it’s easy to overlook the parts of the play that now seem somewhat problematic."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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