‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, written in 1590. It portrays the adventure of four young Athenian lovers and a group of trades people, their interactions with the Duke of Athens, and Queen of the Amazons Theseus and Hippolyta, who are soon to be married and with fairies who inhabit the Athenian forest. Michael Hoffman’s 1999 reenactment of William Shakespeare’s classic tale ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ effectively and humorously depicts the collision between the worlds of the fairies, royals, lovers, and trades workers.
However the production does differentiate slightly from the original text. For example in the play Hermia is depicted as a short women of darker complexion, while in the movie actress Anna Friel, is clearly the fairer of the two characters. Also the play is set in the 1500s, long before the time of bicycles. Yet they had been used numerous times through out the production such as when Demetrius is running from Helena through the Athenian woods.
The actors in the movie do great jobs portraying their characters in come cases even make them better. In the play Nick Bottom is funny and a womanizer, Kevin Kline, the actor in the movie makes the character more comical and exaggerated. This helps viewers realize what is supposed to be humorous, as opposed to reading it.
The movie production has well represented the setting, attire, and events in the play. The settings are very fitting, and closely match those described in the play. The costumes well represent the time period in which the play was set, and the events of the play are each in chronological order, to minimize confusion, and stay true to the original. The production used these elements to create the atmosphere of mischief and mystery depicted in the text.
Personally I prefer the movie production as opposed to the text, because it was more humorous, and the characters expressions, tones and actions more clearly showed what was happening in...
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