Much Ado About Nothing: A Film By Joss Whedon by Joss WhedonJoss Whedons new adaptation of Shakespeares classic comedy has already been acclaimed as a masterpiece.
This official book features an Introduction by Joss, his full screenplay, and a gallery of photos from the set. Also included is an extended interview with the director, discussing his approach to the play, and the production of the film, shot in just 12 days at Whedons own house.
Much Ado About Nothing
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Within the first 10 minutes of Joss Whedon 's " Much Ado About Nothing ," I found myself smiling with excitement, while also holding my breath in nervous anxiety. Would the film be able to sustain its confident manic tone, maintain its humor and smarts, its depth of characterization and innovative use of text and landscape? Would the magic hold? The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end. Audiences will remember Kenneth Branagh's well-received version from , with the cast of stars tumbling and laughing over bright hillsides in Tuscany, dressed in flowing period garb.
Reading this on mobile? Click here to watch video. There was a great fear in the s and 70s that various respected directors who'd moved into making epics and blockbusters would be unable to return, even occasionally, to more modest productions. Some of them didn't, most notably David Lean. The same query was raised over Francis Ford Coppola and, more recently, hangs over Christopher Nolan. But the year-old Joss Whedon has triumphantly answered the question. His producers apparently insisted that between the long shooting schedule on The Avengers and its extended period of post-production he take a short break.
It may also be the most exhilarating — a profound trifle that reminds you how close Shakespeare's comedies verge on darkness before pirouetting back into the light. A black-and-white modern-dress version of the play, shot in 12 days at the director's Santa Monica house, the film has the slapdash air of Mickey and Judy putting on a show in a barn. Yet it's a genuine crowd-pleaser — the preview audience I saw it with laughed, gasped, and applauded as if they were at the Globe Theatre — and the play's themes of pretense and revelation, ignorance and honesty, love lost and passion regained, ring happily and true. He has been known to host informal Shakespeare-reading parties at his house, with his regular troupe of actors and actresses stepping up as needed. It sounds like something it'd be fun to be invited to.
Whedon refers to the film only occasionally in interviews and generally has to be prompted by his interviewers to mention it at all ; clearly he prefers to avoid the issue of comparison. Behind the camera, Branagh relies on collaborators like production designer Tim Harvey, cinematographer Roger Lanser, and composer Patrick Doyle who often appears in character in Branagh films, as he does here, as a provider of diegetic music. Such intense personal loyalty allows Whedon to staff boutique projects like this film and Dr. Another point of similarity between the films concerns the locations upon which they were shot. The two Much Ado s share striking similarities in content that do not necessarily proceed from their shared source text.
With little exception, the players assembled here—most of them veterans of the Whedonverse—pull off that difficult balancing act with gusto. The performances are strong enough, in fact, to almost completely compensate for the tossed-off nature of the movie, which basically amounts to a bunch of close friends getting together to stage a reading. The locale instead is contemporary California, no less sun-dappled for having been captured on monochrome digital video. Agent Coulson from the Marvel movies. For Whedon, a wizard of words in his own right, the film is a palate cleanser. The production was threadbare, and it shows: One scene ostensibly set in a police station looks like it was filmed in a dining room, which it probably was.