Friday, July 17, 2015

LGBT Movie Review: Were The World Mine


Synopsis (courtesy of Amazon):

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 spirit soars as he puckishly imposes anew 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 comic chaos, Timothy forces them to walk a mile in his musical shoes. The course of true love never did run smooth, but by the end of this moving musical comedy of errors, the bumpy ride comes to a heartfelt conclusion. With vibrant imagery, a first-rate ensemble. 

My Review:

Everything about the general idea of this story is cute, entertaining, and clever. The movie doesn't quite deliver, though. Does it have an amazing cast? Well, they are all very good looking, but the acting is pretty bland and none of them can sing. This is a gay musical fantasy, but the plot is paper-thin, surprisingly slow-paced, confusing, and all over the place. It tries too hard, and it's not always fun to watch. It goes from amusing to ridiculous quickly, and the film spirals out of control and loses itself, really. It's also too long for the type of story it is; it drags on, and on. I also wasn't a fan of the way the film relied a whole lot on gay stereotypes and made all (yes, ALL) the adults homophobic and bigoted. I wanted to like this film because it has a lot of my favorite things: sexy men, Shakespeare, and a musical, but...it's a mess. A cute and mildly amusing mess, but still a mess.

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