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September 09 2012

(SPOILER) The Hollywood Reporter reviews Much Ado About Nothing. And a very positive first review it is too. And review number two from Screen Daily is just as positive.

Can't wait to see it.
If all those details weren't enough reason to go see it, the last has me sold.
Glad to see they liked it. We'll probably add other reviews that come out right after TIFF to this thread rather than create new threads for each one.
I'm just back from the showing this afternoon and it is absolutely AWESOME. Every frame, every second, it's just gorgeous. They're all PERFECT in the roles they play.

Yeah, I may be a bit of a Joss fan, I'll own that, but honestly, it's just a wonderful, great, amazing movie. I can't wait to own it some day.

And Joss and the entire cast was there, too - I hope they felt the absolutely love blasting through the theatre at them!
I find the fact that a film of a 412-year-old play can still have spoilers strangely delightful.
Sounds like fun. I can't wait to see this.
Okay, this needs to come out, like NOW. I've never been so excited to see a film before, and THAT'S saying something because I adored Cabin and was obsessed with Avengers.
Oooh, I hope the hummable J-Mo Shake ditty appears soon on Bandcamp & sundry!
This is a delightful film, thoroughly entertaining and easy to understand for the uninitiated. A gem.

I was in the front row. I think Joss was crying a little.

[ edited by redeem147 on 2012-09-09 01:29 ]
There's a 10 minute video of the Q&A after the screening here.
Joss Whedon: conquerer of super heroes, horror flicks and Shakespeare. Your moves, Spielberg and JJ Abrams

[ edited by impalergeneral on 2012-09-09 01:50 ]
Craig, there's a lot of jokes that Joss put in that weren't exactly in the original play. So yeah, even if you know the play inside and out, there still could be a number of things that would be considered spoilers.
Wow I'm really happy to read such a glowing review, I think that this will help some studio exec to think it is worth distributing (fingers crossed).
Yay for perceptive and descriptive Hollywood Reporter. And did we all know that Reed Diamond was in this? Because I'd missed knowing that until now.
Here is the review from ScreenDaily:

"A warm, funny and breezy contemporary version of William Shakespeare’s comedy of love and misunderstanding Much Ado About Nothing, Joss Whedon’s impressively made film sees him pulling together a stock company of performers who have worked with him in the past and coming up with a film that will work for Whedon fans and may also impress lovers of the Bard."

~FS
The above is 100% accurate, IMO. Loved the movie. Thought everyone was fantastic, as I have said on twitter... a lot. I think that Nathan and Tom's comedy as the bungling cops was universal and easily accesable enough that people do not need to have been fans or familiar with either of them to understand just how funny they are in this movie.
I'm so proud and happy for our guy my heart is practically bursting. To skip a vacation after making a billion dollar superhero blockbuster (that also happened to be one of the greatest entries in the genre) just so that he can gather together a bunch of people he loves to make a low budget, black and white, modernized version of a lovely Shakespeare play. At his HOUSE! In twelve days!!! And then he, and all his loyal thesps get up before God and Woman and Man and say, "judge me" and "distribute me." That is a guy who really deserves every ounce of the phenomenal success that he is now getting.
THIS NEEDS TO COME OUT IN THEATERS. NOW.
The laughs were infectious throughout the theatre!

Felt so fortunate to be there with the whole cast and crew!

I have the Q and A from after the event i will post for you guys!!
I can safely say without invoking spoilers about the visual portion of the film (as noted, the play itself is 41 decades old), that is an utterly superb and wholly Whedonesque tinted look at William Shakespeare's critique of love and how it makes you do the wacky!

;P

But yes...as an extremely lucky attendee of the screening, I was completely entertained from start to finish and every cast member totally sold the film and their portion of it! And for those Wesley/Fred shippers? It was like Nirvana on Earth!!
Thanks for that, BlueEyedBrigadier. I'm so glad to hear from everyone that it was so wonderful. : )
(And, as a Wesley/Fred shipper, I can't wait for Nirvana on Earth! I want to experience that.)
FarStrider - we don't sign out posts here, your username at the bottom of your comment does that for you.
This "Much ado about nothing" offers no content. Where's the pay dirt?
Dear Hollywood, Now will you believe us when we say that the world of Hollywood is a mess and Joss just needs to rule it?

First Cabin in the Woods, then Avengers and now Much Ado About Nothing. 2012 = The Year of Joss
Here are 2 more reviews, a new one from The Daily Blam! and the preliminary one from the L.A. Times yesterday that seems to have been missed.
Here's the (first?) review on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2094064/reviews
I was bemused by the ScreenDaily assertion that "it is notoriously hard (as Ralph Fiennes found with Coriolanus last year) to break out to mainstream audiences".

That Coriolanus had some decent performances (including an unsuspected Shakespearean aptitude in Gerard Butler) but it was unrelieved po-faced misery from beginning to end. Did anyone really expect it to break out to mainstream audiences? I don't recall 10 Things I Hate About You having much difficulty breaking out, or Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet.

It doesn't have to be that way. There's OTT action and laughs a-plenty to be had in Coriolanus; I saw Jonathan Cake do it in '06, and he made the completely reasonable observation that up until the very end it could be a comedy.

Sorry, ranting... I get wound up by what seems to be the default Hollywood assumption that Shakespeare must be Serious, done Seriously and by Serious People. Shakespeare was pop culture in his day, and IMO is still best approached that way. My favourite ever Whedon quote:

A writer has a responsibility to tell stories that are dark and sexy and violent, where characters that you love do stupid, wrong things and get away with it ... because that's what makes stories into fairy tales instead of polemics.

Shakespeare understood that instinctively. Very few of the people filming him seem to.

[ edited by blackmarketbeagle on 2012-09-10 02:47 ]

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