My review of Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is now available on alternatetakes.co.uk. The editors trimmed it down a bit in line with their word count policies. What follows is the slightly lengthier version I submitted, with more of the clauses that I have a(n over-?)fondness for.
Watching and trying to get to grips with Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, one is presented with an interesting dilemma. Either this film is set in the present day – as its clothes, haircuts, cars, guns and occasional pieces of communication technology would suggest – yet peopled with characters who speak and think as though they were living about 400 years ago, or it is set about 400 years ago, yet with the visual trappings just mentioned.