Geek of Critique

One of the greatest things about William Shakespeare’s plays is how eminently adaptable they are. They have so many layers and are so timeless that they seamlessly move through eras allowing for stagings in an almost endless variety. Which, while not always successful, does bring these wonderful plays to new and disparate places culturally.

Geek media royalty, Joss Whedon is our adapter this time as he brought all of his actor friends to his home (which serves as the set and is GORGEOUS) and filmed this modern retelling of Shakespeare’s ode to the love that hides under hate. The black and white photography and the use of The Bard’s words are the only “throw back” elements while everything else is thoroughly modern day.

Having seen many adaptations of Shakespeare in the past, locking into the speech wasn’t so difficult, although the obvious modern setting surrounding this very specific type of…

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