You couldn’t make it up! Joss Whedon’s Shakespeare rocks (and 5 other unexpected movies)

Much Ado About Nothing Whedon poster

Well, OK, then! Joss Whedon (of all people) has adapted Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing – and contrary to most reasonable expectations, the critics say it’s pretty good.

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The Lovely Bones

It’s not much of a surprise that a Peter Jackson film is beautifully-filmed. Neither does it come as much of a shock to find that its one flaw is that it drags a bit in places – so eager to preserve its dreamy stillness and occasionally unbearable tension – but like most of Peter Jackson’s work, it has much to recommend it.

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If Shooter had starred Matt Damon and Denzel Washington, it would have been an excellent film. Starring instead Mark Wahlberg and Danny Glover, it’s merely adequate.

Entertaining enough to recommend, of course – but recommend in an “if it’s on TV, record it” way, rather than a rush-out-and-buy-it-immediately way.

Shooter is based on a novel called Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter, directed by Training Day‘s Antoine Fuqua. It’s the tale of a retired military man who is called back from his isolated, rural existence for one last mission. So far, so Commando, and that’s what it feels like a lot of the time. Commando‘s plot beefed up with a middling episode of Spooks, and some funky MacGuyver DIY antics.

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