by Jaime Grijalba.
Much Ado About Nothing (2012, Joss Whedon) Seen at Village Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
How do you follow up an act like the one performed in the Marvel produced film ‘The Avengers’ (2012) directed by the comic-book savy and fan-favorite director Joss Whedon? Well, most would say that a sequel would be nice, and that’s exactly what he’s making, ‘The Avengers 2′ (2015), but at this particular time the peculiarities of the making of the actual film by Whedon were put in doubt once Robert Downey Jr. questioned his involvement in another movie starring himself as the superhero Iron Man, Whedon has been quoted saying that with no Downey Jr., he would not make the sequel to one of the biggest box office hits of all time. Here’s when we understand the spirit and love that Whedon has for film (and television) in terms of how he will always put his own vision before any other thing, he would risk a huge paycheck and even a fee for not directing the film if he doesn’t have what he wants, and what he wants is Jr. in the role that made him one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood. It is now that you understand things like ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ (2008), also directed by Whedon, a niche and small musical project that was unleashed for free onto the internet, being this a project that was made under the writer’s strike, something he made out of pure love (and his always impressive troupe that he is sorrounded by). In a similar fashion here we have the movie that opens this week in select theaters in USA: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (2012) a project that no one asked for and that doesn’t come from the prospect of making money but because of a passion and a love to certain specific things: Shakespeare, performance, language and his actors that will follow him under any crazy project that he has in the future. (more…)