This production of Much Ado About Nothing should fail on so many levels. It's the original text, shot in present day California, in black and white, featuring actors who probably never did Shakespeare before, on a limited budget, with a tight schedule.
And yet, this film is so entertaining, I can only hope director Joss Whedon plans on filming every Shakespeare play.
The masquerade/garden party scene, alone, is worth the price of the DVD, which is not to overlook the many great performances.
First and foremost, Amy Acker's Beatrice. Then, there's Alexis Denisof, delivering his lines as Benedict while jogging up and down steps without missing a beat. Also, who knew Garfunkel and Oates' Riki Lindhome was such a good actor?
When I went to the theater, I wasn't sure I would like this version of Much Ado. Now, I have the DVD so I can watch countless more times.