Some might call Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, filmed in just 12 days at his own house using a smattering of actors from his previous work, “rushed” or “American” or “irreverent.” I’d call it “light” and “fun” and “charming.” Definitely “enjoyable.”
There may not be a lot of weight to Whedon’s adaptation, but there doesn’t have to be. Shakespeare’s comedies were just that, comedic. Silly more often than not. They ended in weddings and the tragedies ended in deaths (no, I didn’t spoiler alert you, there’s a statute of limitations on spoilers and its not 400 years). Yes there’s drama and sometimes you may think the lovers won’t work it out, but of course they do.
Although Much Ado is not my favorite of Shakespeare’s comedies (see As You Like It) I really enjoyed this adaptation. It’s dressed down and casual in every sense. And after your ear…
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