Review: Whedon’s ‘Much Ado’ is charming if slight

June 5, 2013 • Entertainment

This film image released by Roadside Attractions shows Fran Kranz in a scene from “Much Ado About Nothing.” (AP Photo/Roadside Attractions, Elsa Guillet-Chapuis)

Joss Whedon’s bare-bones “Much Ado About Nothing” is the cinematic equivalent of Shakespeare in the parking lot — and proof, again, that it doesn’t take much doing to bring Shakespeare to life.

The circumstances of this low-budget, black-and-white “Much Ado” is already well known: Whedon shot it at his Los Angeles home over just 12 days immediately after production for a slightly larger film he directed: “The Avengers.” So this adaptation — a Santa Monica house party — of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies arrives with perhaps a touch of smugness. It’s almost surely the only time the Bard has been performed with a suburban golf course in the background.

But Whedon, the fanboy hero of cultishly adored TV shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” is particularly suited to “Much Ado About Nothing,” which Kenneth Branagh adapted in a 1993 film. Whedon can write some of the best Login to read more

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