Nathan Fillion's latest flick, Much Ado About Nothing, premiered this past weekend at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The Castle star was well-received by fans and paparazzi alike as he posed for photo ops on the red carpet, but what did the critics think of his performance in the low-budget Joss Whedon film?

Not surprisingly, reviewers were largely impressed with Joss's modern retelling of William Shakespeare's classic comedy, pointing out Nathan's performance as one of the film's most memorable and noteworthy highlights.

Hitfix calls Nathan's portrayal of constable Dogberry "hilarious," while IndieWire praises his  "Whedon-y spirit."

Collider gives special mention to Nathan's comedic chemistry with co-star Tom Lenk, who plays Dogberry's partner Verges. "They make us want Zombie Shakespeare to rise from the grave and give the bumbling duo a series of spinoff plays," the review states.

Variety, on the other hand, wasn't as impressed with the pair's buffoonish banter, calling it a bit "strained." Nonetheless, the outlet praises the film overall, calling it "charming" and "adroitly performed."

And, despite Much Ado's broad appeal, there's plenty of strategically-placed nods to Whedon's legion of loyal Browncoats. According to IndieWire, "Firefly fans will get an especially sharp kick out of seeing Nathan Fillion's Dogberry react with horrified shock to being called an ass."

And to think, Nathan was initially terrified of tackling Shakespeare. All that fear was — dare we say? — much ado about nothing!

Sources: Hitfix, IndieWire, Collider, Variety

Lindsay Dreyer is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @LindsayNYC.


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