BUFS Review: Much Ado About Nothing

This week, BUFS is pleased to present Much Ado About Nothing, the latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s play to hit the big screen.

The tale of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio, and Hero is probably a familiar one. Beatrice and Benedick both disdain romance, in spite of their attraction to one another, and only confess their love for one another after being tricked. Meanwhile, Claudio and Hero could not be more in love with one another, which is why the villain, Don John, takes aim at their happiness and threatens to ruin them both—unless Dogberry, the copper with a penchant for malapropisms, can uncover the plot in time.

As the play is one of the Bard’s most celebrated comedies, we can be reasonably assured of a happy ending. Director Whedon has long been interested in both light and dark, both merry and ominous. Indeed, he shot this adaptation in black and white, as much to play in the shadows as to set a throwback tone.

The film was shot over the course of twelve days at Whedon’s house in California, and features many of his standby cast members. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof, once stars of Whedon’s Angel, are reunited as Beatrice and Benedick, with Fran Kanz (Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse), Clark Gregg (Avengers) and Nathan Fillion (Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Firefly) rounding out the cast.

Much Ado About Nothing screens Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Empire Theatres, Pen Centre. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for details.

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