For any of you familiar with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you know that it’s kind of a mess. I mean, you have two lover’s eloping into a forest because her father wants her to marry some other guy. The other guy goes chasing after them, followed by the girl who is in love with him, and oh yeah, she also happens to be the first girl’s best friend. That plot alone is convoluted enough, but then Shakespeare throws in a fairy king and queen in the middle of a spat, and a bunch of craftsmen practicing a play (one of which has his head changed to the head of a donkey). I know, craziness!
In spite of all this, I think A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most accessible plays. I remember reading a watered down version way back in 7th grade. Even with all the characters and plot, Shakespeare keeps the action moving pretty well. There aren’t too many of those soliloquies that he’s so famous for here, which is why I think the craziness works.
The film version from 1999 is a decent adaptation. Most of the actors seem to be having a good time, Stanley Tucci in particular, and they all play their parts well. Michelle Pfeiffer is gorgeous as Titania, Calista Flockheart is whiny, yet sympathetic as Helena, and Rupret Everett seems to relish playing the fairy king (and let’s be honest, not many actors would enjoy being covered in glitter for an entire movie). And because I have loved Kevin Kline ever since I saw him as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, I have to mention that his Bottom is wonderful as well (did that sound wrong to anyone else?).
There are a few things about this film I don’t understand. Like, when the four lovers are all found naked the next morning. Wouldn’t this all be pretty scandalous? I mean, I get that the fairies had to wash their muddy clothes, but they got them off didn’t they? Couldn’t they have put them back on? I kind of think this was a filmmaker’s decision to just include a bit more skin!
Also, I thought it was interesting that they gave Bottom all that back story. He has a wife? An unpleasant seeming one at that. As mentioned, I love Kevin Kline, but I have always been much more engrossed in the shenanigans in the woods than anything that happens in Athens.
Since most of the play’s action takes place in the forest at night (and those are my favorite bits), a blue polish called Late Night Rendezvous (from Finger Paints Summer in the City Collection) seemed fitting. Although I love this color, I think the name is a little off. When I think of a Late Night Rendezvous, I picture a deeper, more mysterious blue. Finger Paints Late Night Rendezvous is a blueish, tealish sparkly color.
Aside from my personal feelings about the name, I really love this polish. The color is awesome and it just screams fairy mischief to me.
After the first coat, I admit to being a bit disappointed. It didn’t go on very well and looked terrible. I’m going to chalk that up to my inexperience with glitter polishes. I have always enjoyed looking at them, but I don’t really think I have ever worn them.
If you get discouraged after just one coat, my recommendation is to keep going! After the second coat, the rough parts were smoothed out and the sparse spots were filled in. I only put on two coats, and I think that was plenty. This polish also lasted quite a while before getting too chipped, about five to six days (although I did put on a top coat).
Although A Midsummer Night’s Dream isn’t my favorite Shakespeare play (is it weird that I really like Othello?), it is a fun romp. I enjoy pulling this DVD out every once in awhile, and I think I’ll have to return to Finger Paints Late Night Rendezvous every once in awhile as well. ~E