A Midsummer Night's Dream
Year:
1999
Country:
USA, Italy, UK
Genre:
Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
IMDB rating:
6.5
Director:
Michael Hoffman
Christian Bale as Demetrius
Max Wright as Robin Starveling
Anna Friel as Hermia
Dominic West as Lysander
Bill Irwin as Tom Snout
Kevin Kline as Nick Bottom
Rupert Everett as Oberon
Sam Rockwell as Francis Flute
Sophie Marceau as Hippolyta
Roger Rees as Peter Quince
Storyline: Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon's head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny.
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Reviews
Nobody does it better
Nobody does it better than Hollywood.

Just watched this Glitzy production for the first time. I shall watch it several times hereafter. Famous, yeah, very famous, faces, could have spoilt this for me. Just the opposite, I thought they were mostly excellent.

(Friel's voice got to me a bit) but Tucci fascinated me, Kline was marvellous, (great one liners) and Pfeifer was delightful, as ever.

I have read several reviews. Matthew Ignoffo got it right six years ago. "Charming Fairy Dust" I can't believe that this film got no Oscar Nominations
2005-09-22
An excellent effort with reservations
I enjoyed a great deal about this production. The music was a plus, it was colourful, and happily not to much in the way of special effects. All the actors did well although I thought Rupert Everett was miscast. Oberon should be an older more macho presence in my view, Mr. Everett seemed too young and as a gay man didn't bring enough to the part. (Although he may have chuckled to himself playing as he was, the king of the fairies.)Kevin Kline was terrific as bottom. Stanley Tucci good as Puck, and Calista Flockhart showed what she could do as Helena. Sophie Marceau, a luminous Hippolyta not given enough to do. I could have done without the bikes, too modern they seemed out of place. All told, a pleasant watch that could have been a lot better.
2011-06-17
faithful and fun...
I am neither a "trained actor" as one reviewer proudly claimed, nor a snobbish purist regarding things Shakespearean. I am simply a fan of good movies and a lover of the Bard's work. A Midsummer Night's Dream is my favourite, and I've seen it performed numerous times by numerous companies in numerous places, ranging from my small Nova Scotia university to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company at Stratford on Avon. I found this movie to be very respectful of the tone and feel of the play. Calista Flockhart was surprisingly good, Stanley Tucci was priceless, and Kevin Kline brought a new, if somewhat different interpretation to the role of Bottom. It was lighthearted and fun, and well worth seeing, despite what the critics here and elsewhere might try and tell you.
1999-06-07
Visually stunning, a little stilted, but a must see!
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a very complicated play, and can get very silly at times, and this film is surprisingly faithful to the play. Yes, there was an attempt to partially modernise it, therefore the script wasn't as good as it could have been. The film itself is lovingly designed, with lavish costumes, stunning sets(my favourite being the wood set) and handsome cinematography. The music was lovely with clever use of music by the likes of Mendelssohn and Verdi. I thought the acting was very good indeed, Kevin Kline stealing the show as Bottom, most of the time hilarious, especially in the play scene, when we are shown what a bad actor Bottom really is. Michelle Pfeiffer is lovely also, and Rupert Everett is very charming also as Oberon. Callista Flockhart convinces also as Helena, and Stanley Tucci has a ball as Puck. The direction is competent, but my only other criticism is that the film is a little overlong. Overall, I genuinely enjoyed this film, not as good as Much Ado About Nothing(with Kenneth Branagh) or Macbeth (with Jon Finch), so I will happily award it 8/10. Bethany Cox.
2009-05-26
Sooooo cute!
Last night I saw this movie only because Christian Bale is in it, but it turned out to be fantastic to me. This realization of Shakespeares A Midsummer Night's Dream is quite extraordinary. The costumes are great and the actors really make believe what they are playing. I normally do not like Calista Flockhart but I thought her performance was pretty funny and nice. In complete, the movie is incredibly funny and cute, a real feel-good-movie. Normally, Shakespeare's plays make me cry but this was so funnily played that I could only laugh. When it was over, I decided that I must immediately buy the DVD because I think this movie can make you happy when you watch it. The old Shakespearean lines don't make it difficult, it is just perfect.
2005-05-12
I liked it
I generally don't put any trust in people's opinions of movies because they're usually way too harsh and critical. I was in the play A Midsummer Night's Dream (I played Hippolyta) and I personally found it just a cute, funny, silly play.It's certainly not considered one of Shakespeare's best, although I really like it. It's not like they're trying to do Hamlet or King Lear for this movie; plays that should be taken seriously. I think that the movie MSND, because of the style and purpose of the play, shouldn't be criticized so much. No one's really certain of how to interpret the play; it is silly and funny on the surface, but how much is there underneath? Suffice it to say, lay off being so harsh on the movie; there is no *one* interpretation of this unusual play.

As an English major, i enjoyed watching this version of the movie as a different perspective from the play.
1999-05-13
Haven't read the play, but I'd say this adaptation will suffice
The story rolls in nicely. Trying to retain the nature as a play, the dialog retains the old English grammatical and vocabulary, though I don't think that it is the exact dialog from the play. What I like better is that, still in the spirit of retaining the feel of the original play, the main part of this movie is shot on a set that seem to be made for a stage, not shot at an outdoors location as what it would be inferred from the story. The costumes and props also hold this true, having them elaborate costume just as eye candies without having them interact realistically. For instance, the wings on the fairies looked just as glued parts on the costumes without having any complex effects on them. It's nice to see many great talents acting here. I like how this is one Christian Bale's previous works before the bigger titles. Other names as big as Pfeifer, Flockhart, West, and Marceau also did a good job, and for sure pumped the hype for curiosity over this movie.
2014-08-09
For goodness sake
I have just seen this adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and was quite impressed. It isn't the best I've seen but it most certainly not the worst. A lot of these reviews seem to be complaining about the language, that it isn't in Standard English. I'm afraid these people may have failed to realise that this is a classic play by the greatest writer of all time. I wager there would be far more complaints had they 'translated' the script. I am a Shakespeare enthusiast, so I found the language simple to understand but I have watched many plays with friends who have little knowledge of Shakespeare and they have always managed perfectly well. The key is to approach with a broad mind and listen carefully to what they are saying. It isn't a different language, merely a different pattern of speech than we are used to. If you really try to understand the words, you will. Maybe it would be an idea for some of these reviewers to watch it again, with their minds open.
2003-10-16
A Midsummer Nights Dream Is Magic for the Dreamers in all of us!
The movie, "A MidSummer Nights Dream" the 1999 version was exquisite. A lot of fun for me to watch, I enjoyed it immensly. Some of my enjoyment may have come from the fact that I had just watched it performed at my old school as their school play, and the performed it 50's style. With a hot 50's soundtrack, while keeping the same shakespeare script. So it made me quite interested to see the movie. I LOVED the movie, being one that is the MASTER Of dreams, and imagination. I love that kind of stuff...faeries...magic...love...it all is the BEST kind of story imagination. Go see this movie...The cast does a BRILLIANT job in their roles. Rupert Everett does a remarkable performance as "Oberon" the king of the faeries. Michelle Pfeiffer shines wickedly as "Titania" the queen of the Faeries. Christian Bale (The ladies favorite, ask them if their a fan and they may spout out the word "Balehead") does an astounding performance as "Demetrius" the man who is to marry "Hermia" (played by newcomer Anna Friel) by her fathers demands. Hermia is, however, in love with "Lysander" (Played by Dominic West), but her father does not approve of this love. So Lysander and Hermia want to runaway together and marry. Demetrius finds out, and tries to stop them because he wants Hermia...however, Lysander and Hermia aren't the only ones being chased...Demetrius has a someone on his tail, and quite in love with him, but Demetrius does not love in return..."Helena" (Played by screen star Calista Flockhart) is the woman who cannot stop from being quite infatuated with Demetrius. This is where the faeries come in...they use their magic to try and make the right people fall in love. To make Demetrius love Helena...However, the Faeries fall into some problems and mishaps themselves. Other cast performances include, Kevin Kline as "Nick Bottom" , Sophie Marceau as "Hippolyta", David Strathairn as "Theseus" , and Stanley Tucci as "Puck", Oberon's Faerie helper. Don't worry about having to understand the shakespeare language, this is quite an easy one to catch on to, and VERY enjoyable. Don't miss this. I'm 18, and if I can catch on, then most adults can...this movie is beautiful.
1999-07-31
A True Gem
Having read other reviews of this film that whine about the scenery, Kevin Kline, etc., I have to say that I have no complaints.

Obviously they do not remember that the sets that are unreal are supposed to be unreal -- this is supposed to be the realm of the fairies.

The scenes that are supposed to be set in reality are VERY real -- and quite beautiful.

The scenes that are set in unreality are VERY unreal --and quite beautiful.

Calista Flockheart did an admirable job as the always forlorn Helena.

Stanley Tucci as Puck was an absolute delight.

Rupert Everett as the King of the Fairies..... well, it isn't exactly a stretch.

Kevin Kline did NOT steal the movie -- he was but a part of an ensemble.

With the exception of Michelle Pfeiffer every one in the cast knew what their lines meant and delivered them appropriately.

Titania's first speech is simply words being repeated by rote -- could have been better.

I truly enjoyed this film -- it is a good introduction to Shakespeare for those that are not familiar with him.

ENJOY!
1999-05-19
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