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Nothis-bannerAcclaimed TV/movie writer and director Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Toy Story, Glee) brings Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy to the big screen. The black and white effort from Whedon stars many recognizable faces and is sure to delight audiences despite a somewhat slow beginning.

Nothis-bannerAcclaimed TV/movie writer and director Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Toy Story, Glee) brings Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy to the big screen. The black and white effort from Whedon stars many recognizable faces and is sure to delight audiences despite a somewhat slow beginning.

Nothing-pic1It takes a bit of effort to get used to the dialogue, since Whedon didn’t update it and it’s in Elizabethan English, but the action tells the story and you quickly become engrossed in the film.

Despite the fact that he only has a bit part, veteran actor Nathan Filion (Castle, Desperate Housewives, One Life to Live, Saving Private Ryan) steals the show as Dogberry, a dope of a police officer who helps to crack the case.

 All you 80s TV fans should keep your eyes open for an all grown up Chrissy Sever from Growing Pains. I’ll admit I recognized her face and couldn’t figure out who she was, but thankfully, I went to see the show with my savvy sista’ Scott who figured out who she was.

For those of you who haven’t brushed up on your Shakespeare in a few years (or ever) here is a quick synopsis of the plot from the film’s website.

Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.

In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.

A series of comic and tragic events may continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.

The film opens nationwide this Friday June 21. If you are in the mood for a light hearted, artsy film, grab your guy (and a Red Bull) and head out to the theatre to check out Much Ado About Nothing.

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