14 March 2013

Much Ado About Nothing

I am extremely excited about Joss Whedon's interpretation of 'Much Ado About Nothing'! He wrote, directed and produced!... And did the music, and joint editing! The film was shot in only 12 days while Joss was working on 'The Avengers'.

And as if the project wasn't personal enough it was filmed at Joss's Santa Monica home, which was design and decorated by his wife (Kai Cole). She suggested he make it in lieu of going on vacation for their 20th anniversary because it has long been his passion project. Awwww :)

The cast is very Whedon-centric (I've noted connections below), with a few newbies thrown in for good measure:

Amy Acker as Beatrice - Angel, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods
Alexis Denisof as Benedick - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, The Avengers (he portrayed The Other) 
Nathan Fillion as Dogberry - BtVS, Firefly, Serenity, Dr Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog
Clark Gregg as Leonato - The Avengers. Anthony Head (Giles from BtVS) originally intended for the role, but was unavailable
Reed Diamond as Don Pedro - Dollhouse
Fran Kranz as Claudio - Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods
Sean Maher as Don John - Firefly, Serenity
Spencer Treat Clark as Borachio
Riki Lindhome as Conrade - BtVS (1 episode)
Ashley Johnson as Margaret - Dollhouse, The Avengers ('Waitress')
Emma Bates as Ursula
Tom Lenk as Verges - The Cabin in the Woods, Angel, BtVS
Nick Kocher as First Watchman
Brian McElhaney as Second Watchman
Joshua Zar as Leonato’s aide
Paul M. Meston as Friar Francis
Romy Rosemont as The Sexton - The Avengers
Jillian Morgese as Hero - The Avengers (uncredited 'woman in restaurant')

So far it's rating/reviewing well: around 83% on Rotten Tomatoes (as of today):

Lou Lumenick of the New York Post commented that "this is the funniest Shakespeare film I can recall seeing".

The Guardian scored the film four out of five stars, calling it "...the first great contemporary Shakespeare since Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet".

Christopher Schobert of IndieWire wrote, "The result is an utter joy, Whedon's most emotionally resonant and fully realized feature film to date. And I say that as one who is not a devoted member of the Whedon army".

For now I'll have to settle for the preview. Who knows when it will make it to NZ cinemas?! (no, seriously, WHO KNOW??! TELL ME!)

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