A Midsummer Night's Dream
Reviewed by: Maggi
Year of Release:
May 14, 1999
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
The works of the Bard, William Shakespeare, are getting plenty of attention in recent years due to several film releases: “Hamlet,” “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Romeo and Juliet,” “10 Things I Hate About You” and now, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. And that doesn’t even mention several other Shakespeare-based releases. This rendition stars such talented actors and actresses as Michelle Pfeiffer, Kevin Kline, Calista Flockhart, and Christian Bale.
Titania (Michelle Pfeiffer), the Fairy Queen, has an argument with her husband. To teach her a lesson, he sends his mischievous servant Puck (Stanley Tucci) to put a love potion on her eyes so she’ll fall in love with the first thing she sees. Puck also turns a weaver Bottom (Kevin Kline) into a donkey-headed monster for Titania to fall for. The potion is also used on four human lovers who appear confused about who loves whom. “A Midsummer Nights Dream” is full of funny moments and a picturesquely stunning visual setting. The great thing about this movie is that those who never liked Shakespeare (myself included), will surely enjoy it. The Shakespearean language is done in a way that makes it understandable. Not only that, but it is certainly refreshing to sit through a film uncoarsed by verbal vulgarity.
There is no violence in the film, which was also refreshing to see. The major objection is nudity and sexual content. Sexual intercourse is implied a few times, and there is one sexual scene with Titania and Bottom. There is also a little bit of nudity, but not too graphic. I wouldn’t recommend this to very young viewers, but I would recommend it to teens and young adults. In an age where violence, gore, homosexuality, and other anti-Christian themes are flooding movie theaters, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a nice change of pace.