Your desire to see The Tempest this December probably hinges on a few things: an appreciation for the works of William Shakespeare, a familiarity with the unique visual stylings of Across the Universe director Julie Taymor, and whether or not you're OK with seeing Russell Brand recite classic lines like "Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows" as the oft-drunk jester Trinculo.

If you're not completely sold, though...

Keep in mind that it does star Helen Mirren, which, around here at least, is reason enough. Heck, the woman could read from the phone book for two hours and we'd be there opening night.

Oh yeah, the cast also includes Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper and Alan Cumming. And some flaming dogs. Not too shabby.

But what say you? Will you be giving The Tempest the time of day, or does this adaptation of the Bard look bad? 

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