There is a review by Stephen Greenblatt of Joss Whedon’s film of Much Ado in the recent New York Review of Books (all members of the university have full access to this publication through the library). Wheedon is best known for directing Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers.
In Much Ado About Nothing, as in virtually all of his comedies, Shakespeare finds the central woman character far more sympathetic and appealing than the man. Portia, Rosalind, Viola, Helena (in All’s Well That Ends Well), Innogen (in Cymbeline), Hermione (in The Winter’s Tale), and even Adriana (in The Comedy of Errors) are incalculably superior to the men with whom they are mated. They are more sensitive, intelligent, and thoughtful, and also tougher and more resilient.