I like gay people. So I felt the need to support Rupert Everett in all his filmic endeavours. Plus, I'd do Michelle Pfeiffer, even if she is a 41 year old woman.And I'm straight. Well, mostly. But I'd change for her. I really feel this movie was incredibly well cast. Michelle is a stunningly beautiful woman, and a very, very good Titania. Rupert Everett and Stanely Tucci play incredibly well off each other. Nice sexual tension going on there. Mmmm sexual tension.
But first the story. If you don't know it, read it. Yes, now.
This movie was a very accurate adaptaion. Of course, some changes, like setting, but everything important is true to the text. It's Shakespeare... why try to change the best? This is one of my favorite plays, too, because it is such fun to watch. It uses theatrics to its fullest.
And the movie employs those theatrics to their fullest in film, as well. The costuming - amazing. Worth it for the visual aspect alone, really, if you're into that. The set design is equally amazing. The effects were beautiful and subtle, and perfectly appropriate. It's a pretty movie.
The direction is what makes Shakespeare interesting. I've seen this story played very traditionally, extremely modernistic with minilaist settings and umbrellas as all the props, and this way, a slightly updated, more accessable version. Not too alien... not too confusing for a first time viewer. I can only imagine that would be their intention.
So the choices made, to me, are very wise ones indeed.
Plus, it was all sexual and stuff. I found Oberon and Puck to be a big ass turn on. But I like gay men.Very nice rendition of the timeless story. But frankly, unless you'd already like this kind of thing, you won't like this. 3 sporks.