Friday’s movie pick

I just took a tour of the living room to check on what current things I have been watching – in other words, what’s stacked on top of the TV. It’s all Veggie Tales and Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock. Not exactly “movie” fare, but very Munchkin-friendly!

So, I checked out the DVDs to see what I would like to watch this weekend. (This is also a hint to the Webmaster.) I recently bought a very cheap DVD copy of Much Ado About Nothing, which is my favorite Shakespeare play. The movie is quite good, and is very faithful to the play. Gorgeous scenery, great costumes, and most of the actors look like they’re not trying too hard to talk in Shakespeare. The person most miscast is Keanu Reeves, as Don John. The first time I watched this movie, I kept waiting for the word “dude” to slip out of his mouth. His acting is truly terrible – Shakespeare is clearly not meant for him. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also plays one of the leads (opposite then-wife Emma Thompson, and LONG before his nauseating perfomance in the bomb “Wild Wild West”), this is the movie that you show to people to prove that Shakespeare is not mind-numbingly boring.

This movie, done in 1993, is rated PG-13 and they mean it. There are some shower/bathing scenes, plus one fairly heavily implied sex scene. I would not show this movie to anyone younger than 12 or 13. The language is fine (no explicit profanities), though very Shakespeare, the average viewer will have no problem discerning the meaning of each line. It’s not a bad date movie, either, and guys will most likely enjoy two things: making fun of Keanu Reeves, and laughing at the Monty Python-like antics of Michael Keaton, who plays the local constable and almost steals the whole movie. This movie is available on VHS or DVD, and is also usually on discount racks at mega-stores like Target and Wal-Mart.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Go Mariners!!!

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