Sunday, March 09, 2014
Much Ado About Nothing
The rest of the cast is equally game for some fun, with Clark Gregg's Leonato a fine master of revels until things turn sour. Whedon has found a way to make the behavior of the play's villains track, with Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark) and Conrade (Riki Lindhome) emerging as instigators of the unhappy Don John (Sean Maher). Claudio's refusal of Hero is as upsetting as it should be, but there is also some wonderful comedy in the scenes where Benedick and Beatrice are each tricked into thinking the other loves them. (Whedon should know how to block these scenes, it's his house after all.) I don't know if Whedon plans any more Shakespeare films or if Much Ado was just a one-off, but we can only hope the energy and intimacy of this effort will infect his future Marvel work.