Shakespeare’s Classic Comedy with a Modern Twist

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At the center of the story is a pair of matching romances. One is between a young man, Leonato’s colleague and his old flame, Benedick and Beatrice.

At the center of the story is a pair of matching romances. One is between a young man, Leonato’s colleague and his old flame, Benedick and Beatrice. Their constant putdowns and quibbling are a sure sign they are in love. The other couple is a man named Claudio, and a sweet innocent girl named Hero, Leonato’s daughter. The perfect love of Claudio and Hero causes jealousy to spark in a man named Don John, and he plots against them to ruin Hero’s virginal reputation.

 

Claudio is tricked into believing Hero has cheated on him, and her father demands her death for her crimes. He is convinced to fake her death and see the results, but he is ashamed at his daughter. Meanwhile, Beatrice demands Benedick murder Claudio for his unloyalty to Hero. Hero is her cousin, and Beatrice fully believes Hero is innocent. Will the real criminal be caught, or will Hero be blamed, and two loves end before they ever really had a chance to start?

 

I find the creation of this film to be very interesting, as it is extremely unordinary. In the summer of 2011, Joss Wheedon, having just finished the original photography for the Avengers, was required to take a week off before editing. Instead of resting, he took the opportunity to get a group of friends together to film a modern version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” He filmed it in black and white, in his own Santa Monica home. He prepared, wrote, and filmed the entire movie in just two weeks. Two weeks! In my opinion, that’s quite a feat.

 

This film is a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, and very well done at that. It is set in present day time, but uses the olden day language. It is all in black and white, but instead of dimishing the movie, it seemed to add to the Shakespearian element of the movie. It was a hilarious movie, but also had drama and some suspense mixed it.

 

The movie is rated PG-13, and with good reason. There is loads of adult humor, and frankly, kids wouldn’t understand much of the olden day language. If you decide to see the movie- be warned! You can’t just text through this movie, or multi-task. If your thing is action movies that are easy to understand, this is probably not your style. Even adults must focus their whole attention on the movie in order to understand the language and comprehend the plot. It was definitely a movie you had to pay attention to, but was interesting none the less.

 

The director did an amazing job of bringing Shakespeare into the modern world, and the result was a hilarious comedy combined with some good old Shakespeare.