Writer/director Joss Whedon (Serenity, Marvel's The Avengers) gives William Shakespeare's beloved battle-of-the-sexes comedy a contemporary makeover in this feature adaptation starring Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. In the wake of an eventful trip abroad, Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Benedick (Denisof) arrive safely back in their hometown of Messina, where Claudio wastes no time declaring his love for Hero (Jillian Morgese). Alas, when clever Benedick learns that his friend has poured his heart out to the daughter of powerful governor Leonato (Clark Gregg), he chides his old friend relentlessly over the syrupy assertion while engaging Leonato's outspoken niece Beatrice (Acker) in a series of spirited debates. Meanwhile, somewhere amidst all of the pointed insults and playful barbs, something that strangely resembles true love seems to blossom between Benedick and Beatrice. Nathan Fillion, Reed Diamond, and Sean Maher co-star.~Jason Buchanan
This film is basically Joss Whedon and his friends having fun. Chocked full of performers from Whedon's previous films, such as Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Clark Gregg, and Nathan Fillion, there are certainly a lot of likable actors to draw non-Shakespearean audiences. Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker provide fabulous performances as the leads. The editing of Shakespeare's work provides a clear story while maintaining the spirit and poetry of the play. If you are a fan of Whedon and his band of actors, and do not totally hate Shakespeare, then this is a film you will want to see.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Shakespeare Movie!
I really enjoyed this movie, especially because it is using the actual words from the original play. This movie can be great for people that have never seen a Shakespeare movie, and want to be introduced or people that have seen them all.
This movie is also at a great price, for both Blu-ray and digital copy!
A beautifully realized, well-acted adaptation of Shakespeare's classic. A loose, free-wheeling approach by Joss Whedon and the actors lends a unique vibe to the proceedings. It's well worth adding this one to your collection.
Joss Whedon shot this film in secret, and it's an amazing modern version of the classic story. Much like Baz Luhrmann's take on Romeo and Juliet, the film takes place in a modern setting with old English dialogue. Don't let the black and white fool you, as this is a title worth owning.
The blu-ray: The sound and picture are great. It's a gorgeous set very simple.
The plot: For fans of Joss, you will enjoy this. It has his signature style and is very thought-provoking, yet direct. Plus you can't go wrong when you are using Shakespeare as a basis.
All of the actors are great. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof are my most favorite on-screen couple (sorry Alyson, but I'm available). Clark Gregg gives and amazing performance. Tom Lenk and Nathan Fillion are as hilarious as they always are.
I bought this for a friend that seems to have an obsession with this movie. Then we have a girls day watching it 3 times. Watched the movie, watched with cast commentary, watched with Director commentary. Definitely worth the whole day invested.