Joss Whedon's much anticipated adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing hits theaters this weekend. And the film, a modern update on the story of two couples, Beatrice and Benedick and Claudio and Hero, duped into and out of love by Don John, played by Sean Maher, is already getting heaps of praise and has an 80% approval on Rotten Tomatoes.
This New York Times blurb alone is enough to excite fans of classic movies, gay actors and Avengers and Buffy writer/director Whedon's work:
For Beatrice and Benedick there is a thin line between hate and love, and a clear line of succession links them to, say, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in “Bringing Up Baby” and Rock Hudson and Doris Day in “Lover Come Back.” At the same time, this is a bracingly modern production, well stocked with actors, none quite household names, whose faces will be familiar to fans of Mr. Whedon’s previous work, in particular television series like “Angel” and “Firefly.”
In addition to a clip released today, we're including for your consideration the film's trailer and another clip featuring Firefly and Castle actor Nathan Fillion as Constable Dogberry. Can you dig the Shakespearean dialogue in a modern context? Are positive reviews, the specter of Rock Hudson, and Whedon's impressive track record, not to mention Shakespeare himself, enough to inspire you to the theater?