It’s a sparkling interpretation. Fast paced (with such a script, how could it not be?) Uproariously funny, yet with a hint of tragedy in the wings. Amy Acker is wonderful as Beatrice and Alexis Denisof equally good as Benedick.
The movie is shot entirely in black and white, a reference apparently to the screwball comedies of the 30’s and 40’s such as “Bringing Up Baby” which I, for one, have always loved.
How marvelous to see that old William hasn’t lost his touch.
I very much enjoyed Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 production of Much Ado which was very different in style, yet I can’t say I enjoyed Whedon’s less. Is there a greater tribute one could give to Shakespeare than to declare his work capable of multiple interpretations, each equally good? Bravo, Mr. Whedon. You have added to the canon of Shakespearean film a fine movie, rewarding both for the novice and connoisseur.