Much Ado about Nothing

Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Premiere Status:USA
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:109
Original Language:English
dir:Joss Whedon
prod:Daniel Kaminsky
Joss Whedon
scr:Joss Whedon
cam:Jay Hunter
editor:Daniel Kaminsky
Joss Whedon
mus:Joss Whedon
cast:Amy Acker
Alexis Denisof
Nathan Fillion
Fran Kranz
Jillian Morgese
Sean Maher
source:Roadside Attractions
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On a brief hiatus from production on last year’s superhero blockbuster The Avengers, Joss Whedon (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse) gathered some of his closest friends and collaborators from his decade-and-a-half run on network television at his spacious Santa Monica home for 12 days to shoot a retro-cool black and white, modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy of manners. Much Ado About Nothing maps the romantic entanglements of Italian aristocrats and their servants over the course of several eventful days. Rife with comic misunderstandings, miscommunications and manipulations, the Bard’s timeless tale has, contrary to the title, much to say about romantic love then and now. Whedon’s troupe makes Shakespeare’s verse feel modern, fresh and more importantly, alive. As one-time lovers turned antagonists, Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof turn their respective characters’ “merry war” of words into moments filled with emotional longing and prideful arrogance. As the young lovers at the center of Much Ado About Nothing, Fran Kranz and Jillian Morgese give Shakespeare’s words expressive resonance and contemporary relevance. Nathan Fillion (Firefly) plays the well-meaning, malaprop-prone constable whose unwitting actions help to ensure Much Ado About Nothing ends not as a tragedy, but as delightful comedy.
-Mel Valentin
Additional Information

Joss Whedon

Few filmmakers can claim influence over pop culture, let alone define or redefine pop culture. Joss Whedon is one who can. Besides contributing to the screenplay for the original Toy Story, Whedon has created some of network television’s most beloved TV series (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse). For the big screen, he wrote and directed Serenity (2005) and the comic-book blockbuster The Avengers (2012), as well as penned the screenplays for The Cabin in the Woods (2011) and In Your Eyes (2013). Whedon temporarily set aside comic-book superheroes and supervillains during a production hiatus on The Avengers to direct Much Ado About Nothing.