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Midsummer Night's Dream

A movie directed by Michael Hoffman

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A Dream of A Movie

  • Jun 13, 2009
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Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh

Tania's Score: Magical and brilliant adaptation!

Directed By: Micheal Hoffman
Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Calista Flockhart, Rupert Everett, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci as Puck.

Synopsis: Michael Hoffman's film adaptation of Shakespeare's magical comedy of a love-tangled quadrangle shimmers with sumptuous cinematography and a truly stellar cast that includes Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, Rupert Everett, Calista Flockhart, and Sam Rockwell. Relocated from Athens to an Italian villa, the film follows the romantic misadventures of four would-be lovers

It is that time of year - Midsummer - to dust off this fabulous adaption of one of the Bard's best work (IMHO) and enjoy the video with a cool glass of Chardonnay.

The modern film cleverly combines Elizabethan dialogue with actors in mid 19th century clothing and set in a picturesque Tuscan country villa. Somehow, this oddball combination works and I can't recall this story in any other fashion. Who knows maybe it is the Midsummer magic weaving its spell, this movie has not dimmed over the years of viewing it. It is a great way to re introduce yourself to the Bard - the greatest storyteller ever.

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June 16, 2009
Catwoman certainly is in this movie, Micheal Keaton is not. :)
 
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review by . September 28, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
First, the stars. No, not the astrologer's stars, the movie stars, goofy! Some of those high priced people can act! Of course, I'm in luck in that I see so few Hollywood movies that I don't recognize them, so it's easy to suspend disbelief. The one I did recognize was Stanley Tucci, the star of Big Night. Tucci was spectacular in the role of Puck; he stole every scene he appeared in. That guy Kevin Kline did a similar heist on all his scenes; he made Bottom the prime character of the story, with …
review by . December 30, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: just a little magic     Cons: n/a     The Bottom Line: = =     A little sex, a little love, all on a summer night            This updated version of Shakespears classic wasn’t as hard to swallow as I thought I would be. After my initial surprise that I enjoyed Kiss Me Kate so much, which was adapted from Taming of the Shrew, I figured this couldn’t be all that bad.       …
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Michael Hoffman's film adaptation of Shakespeare's magical comedy of a love-tangled quadrangle shimmers with sumptuous cinematography and a truly stellar cast that includes Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, Rupert Everett, Calista Flockhart, and Sam Rockwell. Relocated from Athens to an Italian villa, the film follows the romantic misadventures of four would-be lovers; at the beginning of the film Helena loves Demetrius who loves Hermia who loves Lysander, but all of that undergoes a change when the four young people chase each other into the woods and wander into the domain of Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the Fairies), and the mischievous magic of Puck who possesses a flower that causes people to fall in love with the first person they encounter. Into the hilarity and confusion stumble a hapless band of laborers rehearsing a play for the Duke's wedding. One of the band, Nick Bottom, a humble weaver, is given the head of donkey and then, through the power of the flower, wins the lov...
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Director: Michael Hoffman
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 14, 1999
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: August 05, 2008
Runtime: 1hr 56min
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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