Acting is fine, but something just didn't work for me. The attempt at americanising, normalising and modernising the Shakespeare play, the black & white photography (perhaps an attempt to make the film look more arty) makes the whole project simply tedious and pretentious.
The idea seems interesting. The directing is good, Joss has style and cinematography is beautiful, especially with black and white. But the cast seems wrong, actor and actress is so unnature. They try to be funny but they're not. As a person who knows nothing about the story before, I don't understand it and can't feel anything. I must find the 1993 version of Kenneth Branagh to watch and it's truly better than this.
I believe that “Much Ado About Nothing” could have given even more than it did, particularly on the emotional level, but it is certainly an enjoyable film, which I easily followed without distractions. Review and Rating: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2013/06/much-ado-about-nothing-2012.html
really enjoyed this. found it a little hard to follow as it's not a play I've read and the language can be a little hard to understand of course but the actors performances were amazing and communicated the story really well. the humour is really well executed and I thought it was shot beautifully - especially the party scene with the trapeze.
Dinner theater-level acting, for the most part. Compare most of the performers' struggles with the language with that of the unsung player of the Friar, who happens to be English. I'm not unhappy the film was made, but it's probably less impressive for people who enjoy Shakespeare's language than for movie (and Buffy) buffs who like the idea of Whedon going out on a limb he didn't have to go out on..