JDIFF Much Ado About Nothing Joss Whedon Screening.
Much Ado About Nothing
Savoy / 06.30pm
Saturday 23 February, 2013
Joss Whedon will attend the screening.
Tickes on sale tomorrow here:
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“Joss Whedon’s impact on youth culture is already hard to overestimate. Now he’s made the first great contemporary Shakespeare since Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.
The concept is not so incongruous: Whedon is one of the few blockbuster film-makers who also has a semi-rep acting company. Small-name regulars from Buffy, Angel and Firefly reel off blank verse in the director’s own LA mansion. He shoots the play like an episode of Desperate Housewives – an especially farcical one.
Whedon’s key coup is in simply directing a very good version of the play. He’s got a keen ear for comedy, a no-nonsense approach to ditching the gags that don’t work, a deft hand for slapstick and an eagerness to use it. The vainglory and the self-delusion of his leads is beautifully done by both Alexis Denisof (Benedick) and Amy Acker (Beatrice); Whedon adds a one-night stand flashback that lends strange credence to their bruised egos and prickly banter.
Much Ado may be a bit of a B+ staple on the Shakespeare circuit, but Whedon makes it feel second to none.”