On the Edge of Slander

Much Ado About Nothing

a film directed by Joss Whedon

In a curious way the central figure in the splendid new film of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joss Whedon, is the house in which the events unfold. Not that the house—Whedon’s own—is particularly remarkable. It is a comfortable, sprawling Santa Monica McMansion, no doubt very expensive, with more than a touch of a suburb about it. But that is the point: we are not in faraway Sicily, where Shakespeare set the story, or in glorious, technicolor Tuscany, where Kenneth Branagh set his admirable film adaptation twenty years ago.

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