Saturday, May 9, 2015

Much Ado About Nothing - J. Whedon 2012

Shakespeare's original text - Though far from all of it! Extensive cuts have been made, which is probably just as well. - and black & white pictures of contemporary, upper middle-class people sipping impressive amounts of red wine in an Italian villa while playing at who-will-marry-who and scanning iambic pentameter all the while : This was something of an antithesis to Kenneth Branagh's playful 1993 version, and indeed most other interpretations of this classic comedy.

Original, therefore, which is generally something positive! 
Somehow, though, I didn't quite buy into this version. No matter how light the bantering, these square-jawed men in suits just didn't seem lively at all. It wasn't nearly as winsome as Ado usually is.



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