Are Joss Whedon and Shakespeare a match made in heaven?

A Joss Whedon spin on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing sounds like a perfect match.

Whedon, best known for his work with The Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has blended theatre with film with his indie film Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and isn’t afraid of taking risks in his work.

But as much as Whedon working with Nathan Fillion excites me, after watching the black and white preview of the film, which was shot in just 12 days in Santa Monica, CA, I had just about all I could take.

The new adaptation of the Shakespearean love story tells the story of a young couple who scheme to set up their single friends. It sounds more like a rom-com but the trailer hints that it might be something more dramatic.

The reviews, so far, seem to be positive for the film but I can’t make my mind up whether I should trust Whedon based on his previous work and give the film a chance or go with my instinct and start waiting for his next project.

What do you think of the trailer? Does it look like a must-see or something to wait for on DVD?


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  1. I am a fan of all things Joss Whedon so I am not the most impartial judge but I think that this looks fantastic from the trailer.

    Whedon is known for hosting readings of Shakespearian plays at his home and this film was a passion project for him in which he brought together a number of the people he has enjoyed working with in the past for starring roles and cameo performances.

    For his followers, this semi-wide release feels like it has been a long time coming. Word of the film’s existence spread way back in April while Joss was doing press tours for The Avengers and fans are well aware that the only reason we will get a chance to see this at all is due to the enormous success of that movie.

    In regards to your question as to whether it is a must see on the big screen, the answer is probably no but that is true of most films that aren’t in 3D or have amazing special effects. There is a chance however that this will take a long time before it gets a DVD release so that is an argument to see the film while it is playing in the theaters.

    Based on the trailer, it seems as though Whedon has made the language and mannerisms seem very relevant and contemporary. This approach is always a challenge and it does not always work in a directors favor but I still applaud people for making the attempt and I think that in this case it will be fantastic!

    • Wow! Thank you so much for this insight. You definitely made me more interested in the film.