Cert: 12A Runtime: 107 mins Director: Joss Whedon Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Riki Lindhome, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz and Tom Lenk
I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me
Joss Whedon is no mere mortal, after a finishing shooting The Avengers this man took a holiday. But it wasn’t any kind of holiday he was going to make another movie. With only 12 days to shoot and his amazing house as a set, Joss Whedon tackled the brad himself. Any Whedon fan knows of his famous Shakespeare Sunday evening parties in his house, since the days of Buffy these have happened. According to Anthony Head, Joss is the greatest Hamlet’s he has ever seen. With a cast of friendly faces of the Whedonverse to assist him, Joss Whedon had brought Much Ado About Nothing to the 21 st century. So what is Much Ado About Nothing? Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage. In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins. In a nut shell people it’s a rom-com.
Much Ado About Nothing is just brilliant, acceptable for its nobility and unquestionable in its integrity. Joss Whedon weaves in a tale of love, faith, strength and humanity within a cinematic frame of timeless minutes pulling out a riveting and compelling human drama of innocence poised against the system. The keynotes of each frame, smothered with subtle social comments and complex emotional undertones makes the movie an amalgamation of the colours of hope and persistence.The story is filled with emotional subtexts which move at breakneck speed throughout the length of the film, constantly switching gears between the palettes of emotions. The dialogue exude class and confidence holding grip of the story yet laced with the finesse that allows for emotional drama combined with spiritual uprising, casting a satire on the entire system and its treatment of identities.The screenplay drops hypocritical moral ambitions to make scathingly relevant comments on modern outlook of the world, making it rise several notches above anything attempted in modern-day Hollywood.
Each of the actors involved in this film are so perfectly suited for the roles which they play that they jump right off the screen at you. I think that Alexis and Amy were born to play their respected roles.Anyone who has seen all or part of his other works will love the fact that he put the characters in the roles they have in the film and I suspect the die-hard fans will feel incredibly vindicated in a number of ways, although because it’s Shakespeare you don’t have to be a fan of Joss’ work to understand the chemistry between them.So what can I say about Nathan Fillion? None of these actors are better suited for their roles then Nathan Fillion as Dogberry. Every moment that man is on screen you can’t help but smile. Every time his character opens his mouth and speaks you’re forced to laugh. No matter how many times Tom Lenk as his partner Verges threatens to steal the scene from Nathan, and he very nearly does throughout the film, Nathan slaps him down with another fantastic moment.I would highly recommend Much Ado, it’s a very elegant piece of cinema that needs to be viewed on a giant screen in a dark room.