There is no question that Joss Whedon is a great storyteller. With his mixed bags of genre TV including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Firefly he cemented himself as one of the premiere creators in the genre. When he stepped into the director’s chair for The Avengers he did something no one thought possible, but now he has done the impossible again with his latest film Much Ado About Nothing. Sure numerous people have adapted Shakespeare, but how many have done it in 12 days in their backyard?
Much Ado About Nothing is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. This film is a who’s who of the Whedonverse featuring Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillon, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Sean Maner and more that is enough to get any of his legion of fans interested in the project. The story behind it is interesting as well and seeing what he was able to create in such a short time and so simplistically borders on brilliance. It’s strange because most films trying to bring a modern twist to Shakespeare just don’t work, but here it clicks. The sometimes hard to follow dialogue of this style of writing seems so much more clear for some reason. Everyone in the film deliver great performances and really seem to be having a great time. The choice to shoot in black and white was smart, whether is was due to budget or style it works perfectly for this film.
Once again Whedon proves that he is a master story teller and takes something extremely complex, throws it into a simplistic environment and creates a masterpiece. Whether you’re a Shakespeare fan or not this film plays well and is sure to bring a new crowd into this world. Forget that it’s Shakespeare and remember the genre actors and Whedon leading the charge and just enjoy what he has done like no one else could have.