This was so made for fans, it’s not even funny. (Captain Mal! Agent Coulson! Doctor Simon! That stoner guy from Cabin In The Woods!)
But in keeping with Shakespeare’s prose, be aware that it is nothing but old-timey words, in case you slept through four years of high school English. Granted, it is a comic play, but much of the comedy in Much Ado is rooted in the slapstick realm. It’s goofy, which won over the Firefly and Avengers t-shirted fans in my sold-out audience. Shot in 11 days at director Joss Whedon’s home during a schedule break during The Avengers, I wish he had more time to smooth out choppy shots and cuts (WTF was he doing fading to white? My eyes! They doth protest). And while, yes that’s not what most filmmakers would do with their time off a movie set, it shows its rougher edges: the actors choke on the Shakespearean script and we probably could have used a take or two more, just to make sure we get a clean shot.
Kenneth Branagh would have never let that happen.