A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018)


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A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's most beloved creations. The frolicking tale of lovesick young aristocrats, energetic but inept rustics, and mischievous woodland spirits is a staple of stage and screen. In the past, filmed adaptions have emphasized the play's traditional, Elizabethan qualities. This production, however, is a fresh and stylish reinvention that takes an entirely different approach. The story takes place in present day Hollywood -- a place where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead. Hollywood is sometimes called "The Dream Factory," and like the world of Shakespeare's Dream, it's a place where fantasy and reality collide. In the tradition of Baz Luhrmann's rapturous re-imagining of Romeo + Juliet, this modern vision breathes new life into a classic tale. Combined with a cast of established and emerging stars, as well as a pulsing original soundtrack, the film will appeal to ardent fans of the Bard as well as audiences discovering Shakespeare for the first time.

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Critic Reviews for A Midsummer Night's Dream

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

Time and again, Mott's arrogance crushes the play.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

This "Midsummer" is a chore.

Aug 14, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Whether you are amused or bemused, it's unlikely that you'll feel much of anything; this is comedy at its frothiest and foamiest.

Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

If you're hoping to see a production just like the one that would have been done in 1596, this ain't it. But Mott's version is a hell of a good time in its own right.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Mott's "Midsummer Night's Dream" may not have a high bar to reach to be better than average as filmed Shakespearean comedies go. But by any standard, it's a modest, resourceful and unexpected delight.

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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Darned if Casey Wilder Mott's feature directorial debut doesn't prove to be a disarmingly effective, visually vibrant frolic.

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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