Monday, February 28, 2011

Movie Monday: Were the World Mine

I've been a bit disappointed in several of the movies I've seen recently, which is why I was absolutely thrilled to find this little gem of a movie from 2008.

Summary courtesy of IMDb:

If you had a love-potion, who would you make fall madly in love with you? Timothy, prone to escaping his dismal high school reality through dazzling musical daydreams, gets to answer that question in a very real way. After his eccentric teacher casts him as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, he stumbles upon a recipe hidden within the script to create the play's magical, purple love-pansy. Armed with the pansy, Timothy's fading spirit soars as he puckishly imposes a new reality by turning much of his narrow-minded town gay, beginning with the rugby-jock of his dreams. Ensnaring family, friends and enemies in this chaos, Timothy forces them to walk a mile in his musical shoes. The course of true love never did run smooth; it's a bumpy ride.

So, the premise is a little fantastic - a magic potion to make someone fall in love. I think its uniqueness, and the fact that this premise exists in a movie that has a contemporary setting, is part of what I enjoyed about it. The dialogue isn't quite seamless, but the entire cast are well-suited to their roles. Tanner Cohen is sweetly hopeful as Timothy. The slightly-batty drama teacher is perfect, as is the gym teacher.

The movie carries on the grand tradition of so many tales that warn us to be careful what we wish for, and does it with music and Shakespeare and a little bit of fairytale. I give it 7/10.

1 comment:

sunystone said...

I saw this movie about 2 years ago and I loved it!