Whedon vs The Bard
Respectable nerds everywhere know that when you overhear the name Joss Whedon, or any other associated moniker, there is a predetermined selection of acceptable reactions. For instance, on the day Dollhouse was cancelled, the common reaction had everyone devouring a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and shedding a few irrepressible tears. When a commercial advertisement announced a twenty-four hour Firefly marathon, the sufficient response had been to ogle Malcolm Reynolds era Nathan Fillion pictures . . . or so I am told. However, when watching the trailer for Whedon’s highly anticipated modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, excitedly jumping up and down on your couch (as if you were Tom Cruise) doesn’t seem like enough.
Let’s look at the facts, shall we?
- Filmed entirely in black and white – Sophisticated. Cool. Classic.
- Shot over a twelve day period – Seriously impressive.
- Includes an array of Whedon regulars – Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, etc.
- Ultra-modernized version of the Shakespeare classic – I love Kenneth Branagh, but . . .
- Publicized as a posh, sexy, comedic extravaganza – I just bought my tickets.
Much Ado About Nothing arrives in theatres June 7, 2013.
What did you think of the trailer? Have you read the play? Will you see the movie? Are you excited to see a modernized retelling of the classic? Tell me in the comments!