This is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. Oh yes and it is written and directed by Joss Whedon, (yes he of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ fame) so expect something very different.
For starters it is in black and white, there are no recognizable stars and it is performed in modern dress. The film moves from comedy to tragedy and back again with great speed and plays with dark elements morally and spiritually. It’s also full of his playful wit, his best actor friends and gorgeous views of his home, in which the entire film was shot (in just 12 days!).
Joss Whedon has adapted Shakespeare’s play well, bristling with double-entendre, sex underneath every moment, every motivation and every misunderstanding and conclusion. Whedon’s take on the story is as timeless as the source material, which can be mostly attributed to Whedon’s uncanny ability to create on-screen magic with his actors.
Possibly the most original and enjoyable Shakespeare adaptation since Baz Luhrmann directed ‘Romeo + Juliet’ – a romantic comedy that’s so wonderfully classical, filled with the effervescent banter of an old Howard Hawks Hollywood classic.