I recently had the pleasure of seeing Joss Whedon’s version of Much Ado About Nothing. In a word: delightful. However as much as I enjoyed all the shenanigans onscreen I had to wonder why this movie had been made at all.
There is nothing cinematic about it. As my friend put it, “It’s like Joss Whedon had a party and after the fifth bottle of wine they were all like, ‘Let’s do some Shakespeare!'” Granted, I would kill to have been a fly on the wall at that party. However this film played like he set up the camera in the corner and instructed the actors to put on a stage drama in front of it. By which I mean, there are no intriguing camera angles and no visual style (besides the hipster use of black and white).
As I said, I found the film delightful. But if you’re not going to do anything with film as a medium why not save yourself the expense and put on a stage play?
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