Excerpt: Shot in black and white, the 1.85:1 image has an extremely wide range of luscious grays and great detail in every lacey designer outfit, glamorous furnishing, and sharp, water surface, bringing to mind a perfume or luxury car ad.
Excerpt: More interesting than the frenzy of love-drunk ploys that overwhelm a party of "noble" men and women in Joss Whedon's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing is the setting of the film: the writer-director's own sprawling Santa Monica estate.
Excerpt: Buffy Dr. Horrible The Avengers ... A modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare�s Much Ado About Nothing might not have seemed the most likely addition to Joss Whedon�s r�sum�, but one of the reasons his work is so entertaining is that you can never predict what he�s going to do next.
Excerpt: Joss Whedon seems to be a man who does not understand the concept of downtime. Once shooting wrapped on his wildly ambitious The Avengers , the writer-director was contractually obligated to take a week off before diving into the post-production on the sprawling superhero ensemble piece.
Excerpt: Commonplace as it’s become, doing Shakespeare in modern dress is still tricky business. The burden is mainly on the actors, who have to properly deliver the playwright’s archaic, acrobatic wordplay while still sounding like they belong in the here and now.
Conclusion: Following in Sir Laurence's oversized footsteps—and somehow filling them—Kenneth Branagh has become the actor/director to bring Shakespeare to a contemporary audience. His take on Much Ado About Nothing is breezy, enjoyable, and can be appreciate by English Lit majors and rom-com connoisseurs alike.