Monday, May 05, 2014
Much Ado About Nothing by Joss Whedon
Alexis Denisoff and Amy Acker take center stage and excel in their roles as Benedick and Beatrice, the incurable bachelor and the sharp tongued spinster. Their delivery of both the subtle quips and the physical comedy are a pleasure to watch. Another scene stealer is Nathan Fillion, who offers hilarity as the buffoon like sheriff, Dogberry. This would be a very long review if I listed each of the fantastic performances. The cast is a who’s who of the Whedonverse.
The movie was filmed in a soft black and white that contributes to the breezy dreamlike feel of the production. The score is similarly light and ambient and helps pull the audience into the relaxed levity of the comedy.
Search the VBPL catalog for Much Ado About Nothing directed by Joss Whedon. For a rowdier rendition of the play filmed in a historical setting, be sure to check out the 2003 version starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson.