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Much Ado About Nothing (2013) The pairing looks odd on paper: the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Shakespeare. But there's something both daring and delightfully daffy about Joss… 2013-06-07 PG-13 PT109M Comedy Amy Acker Nathan Fillion Clark Gregg Ashley Johnson Roadside Attractions
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Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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MORE THAN 'NOTHING' Amy Acker is just one of many faces in this delightful take on Shakespeare from Joss Whedon
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MORE THAN 'NOTHING' Amy Acker is just one of many faces in this delightful take on Shakespeare from Joss Whedon
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 07, 2013; Rated: PG-13; Length: 109 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg and Ashley Johnson; Distributor: Roadside Attractions

The pairing looks odd on paper: the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Shakespeare. But there's something both daring and delightfully daffy about Joss Whedon's modern riff on one of the Bard's most beloved comedies. Filmed in black and white in Whedon's L.A. home over 12 days, Much Ado About Nothing is a labor of love for a guy whose ambitions extend beyond billion-dollar Avengers installments. With nary a codpiece or tesseract in sight, this roundelay of romantic intrigue and wicked wordplay (faithfully delivered in verse) is the tale of two couples: the young lovers Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Hero (Jillian Morgese), who are nearly kept apart by scheming rivals, and the jaded Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Beatrice (Amy Acker), fools tricked into confessing their love. The film isn't as fast and funny as it could be, although Nathan Fillion's easily offended constable injects some sorely needed comic relief. Still, give Whedon credit for trying to expose his Comic-Con fan base to a different kind of Hero. B

Originally posted May 05, 2013 Published in issue #1263 Jun 14, 2013 Order article reprints
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