A good friend of ours (Anthony Laatsch of “AB Conversation Podcast”) had the great pleasure of partaking in an advanced screening of “Much Ado About Nothing”, a romantic comedy written by playwright god of his time, William Shakespeare, and directed by motion picture god of ours, Joss Whedon. If that’s not a match made in Heaven as good movies go, then I’m not so sure I believe in the place.
In seven days, God created the heavens and the earth and all that was in it, and said that it was good. Joss Whedon may not be THAT good… It did take him twelve days to complete this masterpiece; although, in his defence, he was working on Marvel’s Avengers at the time. Regardless: Twelve days, and we say it is darn good! Speaking of god-like talent, this modern retelling of a Shakespearean classic stars many of our favorite Whedonverse alumni including Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Cabin in the Woods), Alexis Denisof (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse), Sean Maher (Firefly), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, Cabin in the Woods), Tom Lenk (Buffy, Angel, Cabin in the Woods), and nerd god extrordinaire Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Buffy), to list a few. It’s clear from their previous work that these actors have incredible chemistry both on and off screen, and we’re more than looking forward to seeing it again!
As non-Shakespeareans, you can expect to want to see this movie at least twice: once to enjoy the eyecandy of your favorite Whedonverse actors on the silver screen, and once again after you’ve googled some of the Old English words so that you’re able to accurately interpret just what it is that they’re saying so eloquently.
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They act so normally, so modernly… but their words are far more eloquent. I guess you might compare it to the likes of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet. It’s just… beautiful. …but not so far removed from us that we can’t relate to it, this making it all the more beautiful.
Recommended for old Whedon fans?: YES!
Recommended for non (or as we like to call them, “new”) Whedon fans?: YES!
Recommended for “date night”?: YES!
General consesus on who should see this movie?: You and everyone you know!
We will certainly be there on opening night. Will you?
For more on “Much Ado About Nothing” from someone who’s actually seen it, check out the “AB Conversation” podcast on iTunes (Tune into episode 53 for a non-spoiler review), or follow them on their website!