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I’ll freely admit to being mostly unaware of what Joss Whedon is up to, but when someone who I watch a lot of films with tells me this will be good, I pay attention. So…Much Ado About Nothing, by Joss Whedon.

Let’s begin by saying this is nothing like the 1993 Kenneth Branagh version. No megastars, no period costumes, no vivid colours, no Tuscan locations. It is black and white, filmed in Whedon’s own house, and feels quite glamorous, in a Mad Men meets 30s Hollywood kind of way. A tough dame (Amy Acker as Beatrice), a funny, awkward guy (Alexis Denisof as Benedick), an over the top, swaggeringly incompetent cop (Nathan Fillion as Dogberry) and a lot of plotting, scheming and alcohol. It is beautifully shot, made me laugh, and well worth watching if you haven’t already. I have no idea why Claudio was in the pool with a scuba mask and a martini, but am so fine with that. Thanks M for another great loungeroom screening, and the Lapsang Souchong cocktail…

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