• Wed, Apr 24 2013

The New Much Ado About Nothing Trailer Promises Even More Shakespearean Intrigue

Much Ado About Nothing trailer 2013

I don’t know about you, but I am loving that 2013 is turning out to be William Shakespeare’s comeback year. It just feels right, you know? We didn’t see him for a little while, and now he’s back. I’m still excited about seeing Ed Westwick with long black hair as Tybalt in the Romeo and Juliet trailer, and now I have another trailer for Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing to satisfy my Elizabethan hunger. I’m also gonna go eat a giant turkey leg to satisfy it even more literally.

The first trailer premiered last month in all its cool, black-and-white glory, and this latest trailer, from the U.K., gives an even more intriguing glimpse into Whedon’s contemporary adaptation. I’m really excited to see it. It looks just artsy-farsty enough for me, but not so out there that I walk out of the theater with a headache.

There’s something about sexy, well-dressed people hanging out in a fancy house and speaking iambic pentameter in hushed tones that just thrills me. While the first trailer was very stylish and mysterious, this new one is even more so. That dramatic music. That smoky background under the critics’ quotes. The stolen glances. And there’s just enough slapstick and wit to make sure we remember it’s a comedy.

I’m still wondering where the hell Emma Thompson is, but I can look past that and get excited about this movie and interested to see how it differs from Kenneth Branagh’s more faithful adaptation. I think Shakespeare’s plays offer enough room for interpretation and experimentation that it’s great to see unconventional takes on his plays. In fact, as much as I’m looking forward to the new Romeo and Juliet, I think the film medium offers so many interesting opportunities to play around with the stories Shakespeare outlined in his plays that it almost seems like a missed opportunity to stage a faithful, period interpretation of his work.

I’m not particularly well-versed in the world of Whedon, but I already want to be a part of whatever cool people club he’s formed with all these frequent collaborators. I hope they would let me sit with them at lunch.

The movie is out in the U.S. June 7.

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  • Jenni

    Between this and Great Gatsby, English teachers must be so pleased with themselves this year.

    • MCR

      Heard in classrooms around the world:

      “For today’s class, I shall nurse a hangover in the corner while you watch the following film.”

      “I guess it’s in black and white because they didn’t have colour film in Shakespeare’s day.”

      “Did people back then really talk like that all the time, or just on, you know, special occasions?”

      “How come everybody else has names, but the hero is just called ‘hero’?

  • VivHa

    People don’t speak iambic pentameter, its not a language, they speak IN iambic pentameter.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Tell that to the fine people of the Iambic Peninsula of Pentameter.