Much Ado About Nothing – DVD review

Once you’re over the bump of West Coasters spouting Elizabethan, the tale draws you in

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Joss Whedon, 2012

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If the scriptwriter’s good, the best thing the director can do is to keep out of the way. That seems to have been Joss Whedon’s thinking for this take on Shakespeare’s comedy: no elaborate sets (shot in Whedon’s LA home), no fancy costumes, no colour even.

Once you’re over the bump of West Coasters spouting Elizabethan, the tale draws you in. Before you know it, Beatrice and Benedick have bickered their way to matrimony and you’re left wondering at the skill of a man who can make Avengers Assemble one week and this gem the next.

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