TIFF movie : Much Ado About Nothing

Posted: September 22, 2012 in Entertainment, Movies, Reviews

I suppose that I can’t say enough good things about Joss Whedon.  It’s been a busy few years for him recently, with the triumph of the new Avengers movie and his recent film A Cabin In The Woods.  Most people don’t know that he’s also done work on Toy Story, The Lion King 2, Firefly and of course Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

To wind down from the stressful production of The Avengers, Whedon decided to film a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing, over a 10 day shoot in the backyard of his Santa Monica home.  The result was a truly hilarious film.

The adaptation for the most part stays true to the original Shakespearian dialogue, but the modern day setting adds to the humour with certain anachronisms.  It is, of course, a funny play to start with, but where the old dialogue is incongruous with the modern setting, Whedon always manages to direct and edit for even greater humour.  The cast is a collection of actors from a lot of his past projects, meaning that, especially for Whedon fans, there is one more added dimension of humour within some of the characters.  Slapstick and melodramatic treatment of some scenes may sound like a cheap laugh, but it truly works.  I’ve never been in a theatre where so many people were making unrestrained belly laughs.  Whedon, who attended the first two screenings at TIFF, said that the audience response was truly amazing.

While the film will appeal most to those already caught up in the Whedonverse, I’m sure that it would be enjoyable for all.  I’m hoping that it will get distributed so that more people will be able to watch it.

I would give this film an A-

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