A Midsummer Night’s Dream is supposed to be a comedy, but at 13, I had not found it funny. At 28, I still do not find it funny. Two men are in love with the beautiful Hermia and poor Helena is left dangling after Demetrius. Is that supposed to be comedy? As is evident, my sympathies lie with Helena, and that involvement makes it difficult to appreciate the meddling ways of the faeries as humorous. While these people are playthings to them, their loves are very real, not something to be trivialized.
I found ReTold as funny as the play – which is to say, not. Leaving the unfunny bits about the faeries aside, I enjoyed watching ReTold, and mainly because the resolution of the love triangle was more satisfying than the original. That being said, neither the play nor the film would I revisit in the near future. Let’s file this one under “tolerable, I suppose, but not interesting enough to tempt me”.