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Originally published May 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM | Page modified May 15, 2013 at 5:31 PM

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SIFF opener promises to please

A capsule review of Joss Whedon’s kicky “Much Ado About Nothing,” which opens Seattle International Film Festival on May 16, 2013.

Seattle Times movie critic

SIFF opening night

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ 3.5 stars

7 p.m. Thursday, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle, with party following at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall; sold out, but a few standby tickets may be available; $50-$225 (206-324-9996 or www.siff.net).

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Who would have thought that Joss Whedon would follow up “The Avengers” with a black-and-white, contemporary version of a Shakespeare play? And who would have thought that it would be such a kick? Seattle native Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker show terrific chemistry as the ever-sparring Benedick and Beatrice; Nathan Fillion’s a hoot as Dogberry; and hearing Shakespeare’s words is pure pleasure. “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest ...” Aaahh. Great opening-night choice, SIFF. Whedon, Denisof, Acker, Fillion and Clark Gregg are scheduled to attend the screening.

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com

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