A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)

Mitchell, 25. April 2006, 18:24

Recently watched A Midsummer Night’s Dream with my students for the second time. This is the 1999 film with Kevin Kline (Botttom), Calista Flockhart (Helena), Rupert Everett (Oberon), Michelle Pfeiffer (Titania), Christian Bale (Demetrius), and Stanley Tucci (Puck).

Good casting, very good acting, a nice soundtrack, and great-looking people. Flockart’s Helena is exactly as I’ve always pictured it, and Pfeiffer’s Titania is dreamily beautiful. I am not fond of Everett’s interpretation of Oberon, but he has a few very good moments — mostly annoyed glances in Puck’s direction.

The modernization of Shakespeare’s play (this film is set in the early 1800s) is a nice touch, and the director’s extra information about Bottom and about Oberon’s relationship with Titania makes sense without taking over the play.

This is maybe my second-favorite movie-version of a Shakespearean play.

Oh wait…I saw this in theaters. So that means today was the third time.

I’m wavering between an 8 and a 9 (it is a very good play), but I’ll go with 8 out of 10.

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