Joss Whedon’s retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing puts a modern spin on the tale of two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance.

Joss Whedon’s retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing puts a modern spin on the tale of two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance.

Much Ado rendition hits the screen

Much Ado About Nothing is a modern, lively, sexy take on the comedy by William Shakespeare

  • Oct. 2, 2013 5:00 p.m.

ANN DAVIS

Special to The Morning Star

The Vernon Film Society will show another in its fall series of films Monday.

The offering this time is Much Ado About Nothing, a modern, lively, sexy take on the comedy by William Shakespeare. Directed by Joss Whedon and filmed in his own L.A. mansion, the movie is an adaptation that embraces both the light and dark moments of the play. Critic Catherine Shoard, of the Guardian, states, “Whedon’s key coup is simply directing a very good version of the play. He has a keen ear for comedy, a no-nonsense approach to ditching the gags that don’t work, a deft hand for slapstick and an eagerness to use it.”

The vainglory and self-delusion of the leads is beautifully done by Alexis Denisof (Benedick) and Amy Acker (Beatrice).

The movie will delight those who love any version of Shakespeare’s work and be accessible for those who are not sure about seeing a Shakespeare play.

Following other directors, like Baz Luhrmann and many others who have displayed the versatility of Shakespeare’s work with fresh adaptations, Whedon imbued his own wit and talent into a play about the merry war between the reluctant lovers, Beatrice and Benedick.

It will be shown at the Towne Theatre Monday at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $7 and available at the theatre and the Bean Scene.