We watched this recent version of the Shakespeare classic at Joe’s suggestion, and were glad we did.
Director Joss Whedon apparently made this movie at his house in 12 days. It takes about 30 seconds to get used to the fact that folks dressed as modern Americans are “talking Shakespeare.” Most of the actors generally work on TV. That gives the production quite a different feel from most film versions of Shakespeare, which tend to use actors trained for the stage. Theatrical actors are trained to enunciate and project, which can sound artificial in a film production. These actors simply spoke, which I found refreshing. The scene between Beatrice and Benedict, in which the two simultaneously discover their tender feelings for each other and struggle with their anger over the mistreatment of Hero, was particularly affecting.
Highly recommended, particularly for folks who are new to Shakespeare or who are allergic to overly stuffy British productions.