Black & white with deadpan dialogue = pretentious mess. This is a happy, upbeat play that needs life and color. Oh, and actors who understand the cadence of Shakespeare.
R2, critics are saying its the funniest Shakespeare movie ever.
[quote]It’s also very funny. This is no dry adaptation. You can tell that every actor cherishes each word of Shakespeare’s play, but they aren’t so fiercely devoted to every rhythm that they rob it of any spontaneity or wit. No, it isn’t spoken with a British accent or filmed in the Italian countryside, but there’s a zest to the performances and the direction nonetheless. This is one of Joss Whedon’s very best works, and although he’s a geek in the purest sense – the man did direct THE AVENGERS, after all – it’s obvious that Whedon’s first love is simply two people in a room, engaging with each other on the purest of levels. His love of conversation and humor is evident in every moment of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and while I’m happy to have Joss Whedon take me to the farthest reaches of the Marvel Universe and back, I love that he still takes the time to tell intimate stories like this as well.
The trailer is very promising. The dialogue delivery finds a rare mix between contemporary ease and the richness of the verse, the likes of which I've rarely seen before, and I've seen a great deal of Shakespeare. r2 is right that there is something very deadpan, in the sense of casual or offhand, about the style, but I'm surprised he finds the result pretentious. I find it to be, refreshingly, the opposite.
Too bad about the dreaded shaky cam.
"This is a happy, upbeat play that needs life and color."
Yes, the Hero and Leonato subplot is a veritable laugh-a-minute.
I don't know who any of these people are.
R8, they are all actors who have been in previous Whedon projects. He likes to work with the same people, and I think this actually benefits him in the end, because the actors are close with him and trust him very much.
I think it makes for better performances with that level of camaraderie and trust between the actors and director, and the actors and each other.
He's never worked with Sarah Michelle Gellar again. They hate each other.
SMG seems like a bit of a cunt...
She was the weakest part of Buffy.
Although, come to think of it, he hasn't worked with the majority of the main cast since: SMG, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield, David Boreanaz, James Marsters, Seth Green, and Michelle Trachtenberg haven't worked with him outside of Buffy or Angel. And of course Charisma Carpenter, who he fired.
Eliza Dushku seems to have done something right. And I'm sure Amy Acker, as much as I live her, gave up the ass to Whedon at som point.
Why did he fire Charisma Carpenter?
Because she got pregnant and ruined his storyline for season 4 of Angel.
[quote]Because she got pregnant and ruined his storyline for season 4 of Angel.
What was his storyline for season 4 and how was it different than what was shown?
R18, the world will never know. Joss won't say.
Poor Charmisa, she has never recovered. I think she moved on to guest spots on Veronica Mars afterwards.
She's been in those Expendables movies.
And originally we weren't ever going to see Jasmine. She was still going to be possessing Cordelia, but Cordelia was going to be doing all of the action. Instead she sat in a bed for awhile, then went into a coma while Gina Torres took over.
How did everyone react to Cordelia's death? It seems like they never discussed it on Buffy.
They did a whole episode about her death. A great episode called You're Welcome which really plays into the show's series finale.
How did Buffy react in that episode? You'd think it would hit Xander the hardest.
I'm a huge fan of the Kenneth Branagh / Emma Thompson version, but I'll see anything and everything Joss Whedon creates.
I'm also interested in seeing the film of the stage version starring Dr. Who's David Tennant and Catherine Tate!