Grade • A
DVD • “Man is a giddy thing,” declares the lovestruck Benedick (Alexis Denisov) during the course of “Much Ado About Nothing,” a movie that’s just as giddy a thing.
Director Joss Whedon turns Shakespeare’s verbal battle of the sexes into a modern-dress cocktail party (shot in black and white in Whedon’s house), with Benedick sparring comically with Beatrice (Amy Acker) in iambic pentameter.
Whedon gets maximum humor from his regulars, notably Nathan Fillion (“Firefly”) as a scene-stealing constable who looks like a refugee from an ’80s cop show.
Whedon’s modern touches and Shakespeare’s bottomless wit blend beautifully for a delightfully bubbly film.