For your Pleasure (and mine), Much Ado about Nothing (Review)

Of course I saw this movie. Of course I did, reader. If you’ve ever viewed this blog before, you would know I am a nerd, a nerd that enjoys Shakespeare.

I’m also the kind of nerd that enjoys The Avengers, Firefly, and a little show (not sure if you’ve heard of it) called Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

You know the dude that did all of those things, a man named Joss Whedon? He decided he was bored so for 12 days at his house he shot a Shakespeare film. Just ’cause that’s how he rolls.

This is Joss’s writing, not Shakespeare’s, in case you were confused. He’s that good.

Any Joss Whedon fan will tell you that the strength of a Joss Whedon T.V. show or Film is the intelligent, clever, and engaging dialogue between the characters. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this film. I love Joss, but I love him for his writing as well as his directing. I love Shakespeare for his words, but could Joss execute a film in his style with no dialogue of his own and still pay homage to The Bard?

Yes, he can, he did, and I saw. I LOVED this film. I went with three friends, only one of which was also a Shakespearean, and everyone adored it.

Danny, a gal that hadn’t read any Shakespeare since high school, exclaimed “Shit, I actually understand Shakespeare right now. Thank you, Joss.” The whole audience (all four of us – did I mention we were the only ones in the theater?) was laughing with the jokes, gasping at the drama, and cheering for the romance.

A good time was had by all, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but if I weren’t about to leave the country, I’d go back and watch this film again and again.

In fact, when this comes out on DVD, I’m going to buy it. If, for some reason, this film magically skips its DVD release, I will write to Joss Whedon and demand a copy.

And, for all you loyal Joss Whedon fans, many actors which have been featured in his past body of work are the stars of this movie, and all do a thoroughly enjoyable job in their parts. I love that these actors understand the language–it’s not 1994’s Romeo and Juliette where the cast just understood to yell certain lines because they were angry or say certain lines fast because they were scared; no, everyone in Whedon’s cast knew the impact of each word that left their mouth, and it was brilliant.

So skip the Man of Steel (which I hear is boring–I’ve never been a DC fan so I skipped the film all together) or the SURPRISINGLY REALLY BORING World War Z (I read the book and it’s nothing like the movie–as in, the book was good).

Much Ado about Nothing will have you, like Danny, understanding and enjoying one of Shakespeare’s comedies through the lens of one of the most awesome modern writers and directors. Do yourself a favor and skip the summer blockbusters for a Shakespeare flick instead.

– Amanda Riggle

Amanda Riggle

Amanda Riggle

Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA, as well as the Lead Editor of Pomona Valley Review's upcoming 11th issue. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs.
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