This week's movie is the 2012 adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joss Whedon and starring Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. First off, this movie took a little catching up for me since it is literally adapted from the Shakespearean text. It is simply in a modern setting. All the characters speak the play as it was written so I was taken aback at first but I eventually caught up. The movie is also shot in black & white, which adds a nice artistic flair to the film (why, I don't know, it just does). Pretty much all the actors are from some sort of "Whedonverse" property or at least something Whedon has been associated with in the past. It has a very simple elegance to it, where the focus is on the timeless story of Benedick and Beatrice's will they or won't they romance.
I will admit, since I'm not a huge theater buff or reader, I hadn't been exposed to the story before so I came in fresh and it was a very fun ride. The bickering between Benedick and Beatrice as well as the scheming by the other characters to get them together was brilliant. All the actors really bought into the dialogue and gave great performances.
For any fans of Shakespeare, romance, Joss Whedon, or just well crafted film, check out Much Ado About Nothing, streaming now on Netflix!