When it comes to cinematic preferencs, I usually tend to favor things that make me a bit ill. Well, not always ill but elicit a strong reaction, some physical response that tells me, yes this is working. Usually it’s tears, but rarely do I absolutely fall in love with a film that made me smile for its entirety. And with Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Billy Shakes’ merry war betwixt lover, Much Ado About Nothing, I found myself absolutley delighted throughout.
Starring Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher and Reed Diamon, Whedon’s black and white adaptation provides a respite from his usual Hollywood blockbuster pictures and shows the pleasure and fun in his minimalistic dramam efforts. He gives us a modern look at Shakespeare that feels at once feels homespun yet crafted with the hands of someone who truly knows the ins and outs of the classic text. And in case you’re not familiar, the film goes as follows:
Leonato, the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice, the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies: Conrade and Borachio, plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.
We’ve seen a first theatrical trailer for the film, as well as posters and stills, but today, distributors have released a new UK preview. Personally, I prefered the snappy, upbeat jazziness of the first but this one’s not too shabby and highlights the more dramatic elements of the comedic film which premieres June 7th. Take a look below.
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