Much Ado About Nothing was adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (The Avengers). It's a modernized version of the famous Shakespearian comedy. It stars Amy Acker (The Cabin in The Woods), Alexis Denisof (The Avengers), Clark Gregg (Thor), and Franz Kranz (Homeland). This is one of my favorite plays written by William Shakespeare. It's a comedy about two pairs of lovers and their completely different views on romance.
While I thought this was a very good modernization of the famous comedy, there were a few things lost in translation. It was unclear what role the princes' characters had in today's society, but the implications weren't so bleak that one couldn't follow the story. I was also disappointed by some of the content that was cut out. My favorite line of the play was eliminated.
"What we have we prize not to the worth whiles we enjoy it, but being lack'd and lost, why, then we rack the value; then find the virtue that possession would not show us whiles it was ours."
I always felt that line was brilliant because of the concept that we don't know what we have until it's gone. It's such a powerful truth that can be applied at one point or another in everyone's life. It's a minute part of the story and is arguably not essential to Whedon's adaptation, but I was disappointed to see that cut.
All that aside, I did enjoy myself while watching this movie. I thought Franz Kranz as Claudio was fantastic and nearly stole the show. Amy Acker was great as Beatrice. She was a great choice for the role and demanded the audience's attention during her scenes. Also, Nathan Fillion (Slither) was hilarious. He easily stole his scenes as Dogberry, the smug chief of police. Clark Kregg was perfect as Leonato. It was fun seeing him do Shakespeare rather than a comic book movie. Alexis Denisof as Benedick was a little hit and miss at the beginning, but progressively got better throughout the story.
If you're a Joss Whedon fan and like Shakespeare, then you'll surely enjoy this film. There were a few scenes that didn't quite translate well enough, at times the comedy missed, and some of the liberties taken were somewhat disappointing. All in all, it's a classic story and was fun to watch.