A Midsummer Night's Dream
USA, Italy, UK
Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
IMDB rating:
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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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
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.
Patchy but fun
This is a rather muddled production, with an erratic tone and (in the video version I have seen) poor sound mixing. Michelle Pfieffer in particular seems uncomfortable making long speeches, and David Strathairn as Theseus seems to be in a different movie. Also, Dream has always been a hard piece to film, being over long with many subplots and changes of pace (plus that Shakespeare favourite, a play within a play).

That said, there's much to like here. The sets and camera work are sound - there's a nicely judged fun and sexy undertone to the whole production, the fairy scenes being particularly aesthetically pleasing.

Stanley Tucci plays Puck tolerably well, neither too comic nor too ironic. Rupert Everett makes a powerful, sensitive Oberon, and Kevin Kline aquits himself well as comedic support (and he would be well advised to stick to such part rather than embarrasing himself in straight pieces like The Ice Storm). The minor players make a good fist of things, and the surprise of the piece is Callista Flockhart who is unexpectedly convincing and winning as Helena, especially considering that I can't stand her portrayal of Ally McBeal.

Not great, but not at all bad either, and it's easy to do this play very badly indeed.
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.
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.
A solid adaptation
I enjoyed this adaptation of Shakespeare's classic comedy, and thought the big name cast did well in bringing the iconic characters to life. The star power perhaps won't have the same effect on students watching it now as part of their studies, but it's still a good adaptation.

I thought it particular Calista Flockhart shone, but Kevin Kline also has his moments.

A solid adaptation.
Delightful with excellent presentation
Delightful I found this film to be. Most excellent is found the directing, as was delivered the acting, costuming, and blending of effects. Dialogue to Shakespeare true was unaffectedly and rapidly delivered. Also excellent was found the setting's choice, and in appearance most fanciful was made the "green world" of Shakespeare. Creatures exotic, exciting, and sensual did it contain. Most joyous did I find missing the darkness, British, that often so obliterates life from Shakespeare's plays that in the tombs are they found wallowing. Tis fact that so exceedingly alive was Shakespeare in life that jousting verbal and words played-on his hallmark were, and of them attention acute and contemplation deep are required. Well done!
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.
Good, but more tedious than brief
I noticed that before this movie came out today)reviews were already in...very intresting since i doubt that they saw the same movie that I did. If you haven't read the play, read it before you see the film. The acting is good overall, but the beginning moves slowly and continues to move at a snail's pace untill about halfway though the film. The film is set in Italy, and it is confusing when the players continually refer to the town as "Atheans". The acting of the players is good after the beginning and only gets better as the film progresses. Flockhart and Klien give a great preformances as does almost the entire cast. The exception is Pfieffer, who is only believeable around the time when Bottom becomes the object of her affection. Overall...this is a good film, but first at least know about the story before you see it, and if you can get past the first hour or so, and the fact that the bikes look as if they were made a couple of days before the sceens were shot, you will enjoy this movie.
Lesser mortals have done it better
Perhaps I'm jaded.

I've seen funnier performances of Midsummer. I've seen deeper performances of Midsummer. And I've definitely seen better-paced performances of Midsummer. This movie seems to suffer from "Much Ado" syndrome, that the setting is more important than the play.

Midsummer deserves to be celebrated, to be rushed through at a frightening, breakneck pace. Here, we see none of that. A case in point would be an early encounter between Puck and a bicycle. While definitely a chuckling-point, it doesn't move the movie along.

Midsummer deserves to be played over the top, with energy. This adaptation merely plods through the script with attempted melodrama. Many a young acting troop has been truer to the play and more entertaining than this Midsummer.
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