Release Date
June 7, 2013
Director
Joss Whedon
Screenplay
Joss Whedon
Based On The Play By
William Shakespeare
Distributed By
Lionsgate
Roadside Attractions
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief drug use
109 minutes

Much Ado About Nothing

Easily one of the funniest William Shakespeare’s comedies to grace the big screen, “Much Ado About Nothing” is helped by Joss Whedon’s distinctive style of directing and producing humor from his brilliant and loyal cast of characters. As dense as the material can be, with Whedon using all the original text, the story eventually becomes easier to follow as the characters embrace their roles and bring their own spin on the line delivery. There are several moments throughout the film where you can pinpoint Whedon’s additions to the humor, with a certain look or action, set piece or location that brings a fresh take on a classic and helps keep the film current. Though I prefer the tragedies of Shakespeare, if anyone is going to handle a sophisticate comedy like this, who better than Joss Whedon, who yet again proves there’s no genre that he can’t conquer.

 

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