Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Much Ado about Nothing

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Much Ado about Nothing

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Directed by Joss Whedon (Lionsgate, 2013)


After creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dr. Horrible, and successfully directing the latest Avengers films, what's a director to do for a challenge? In Joss Whedon's case, the answer is to take on Shakespeare. And so he does with great style in his latest project, Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

Whedon's interpretation, true to Shakespeare's, is a delightful romp across a minefield off romances. Lest we forget (or if we had uninspiring English teachers), Shakespeare is funny. There are many moments in Whedon's Much Ado that remind us just how much fun the bard can be.

The play centers on the near misses of two couples: Claudio and Hero, and Benedick and Beatrice. Claudio and Hero are a boring, simpering pair. The real fun lies with the latter twosome, whose witty and acidic exchanges have us questioning whether they're more likely to kill or marry each other. …

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