I am not sure how I missed writing a review of Were the World Mine. It must be my dislike of writing reviews. That has to be it, because this movie came out of no where and became one of my favorite films and soundtracks.
I happened upon the trailer by accident and popped in up on the site immediately (here).
Were the World Mine is a musical retelling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream where in the tradition of modern cinema the Fairies are Queers. Timothy (Tanner Cohen) takes up the role of Puck and steels the show with his angelic voice.
Some people complain that the movie starts slow. They missed the point. The focus of the tale is switched from the love causing flower to Timothy’s experience of Homophobia and his desire to make his small town walk for a time in his shoes.
The characters are vivid and lifelike, and the magic is brought in with such an adept touch that this story falls easily into the genre of Magical Realism.
Once Timothy procures the magic flower whose nectar will make the victim fall in love with the first person they see, he uses it first by accident on a friend, then out of lust, then out of anger.
The City is transformed and divided.
The message of the movie is summed up in the plaintive cries of the towns people, “The course of True Love never did run smooth.”
Timothy and Frankie both have to deal with difficulties of love and have to learn that their is no shortcut to understanding :
We must realize that reason has little sway over passion.
If we offend, we’ve got good will,
If we our crude, our measure’s plain
Our true intent is your delight
It’s merry, tragical and brief…
True love is liable to offend those who do not understand it. The passion of lovers can appear crude to outside observers, but like all life it is happy, sad, and all too brief.
Be blameless in your pursuit of the object of your desire, and if fate smiles on you, you will have the object of your desire.
I would give this film a million out of a million starts. The story is perfect, the music is flawless, and the movie is brilliant. If you haven’t seen it. Buy it, fall in love and watch it often.
This is my second favorite film of all time. I cannot give it a higher endorsement than that.
Get your copy of Were the World Mine here.