Shakespeare meets Hawaii in this twist of the famous ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’. This take on Shakespeare is one that weaves in a love story mixed with the fight to keep the natural beauty of the island of Kauai from being destroyed by modern development. The writer and director take you on a journey with a typical love story yet add in Hawaiian culture. While watching, viewers are taught the significance of Hawaiian land to its original people. You even learn what power each flower on this beautiful land possess, emphasizing the sacredness of Hawaii’s nature. The power within the flowers brings us back to the love story in which a Hawaiian ‘cupid’ uses this power to entrance the others. This made the film cute and educational. There was also plenty of comedy thrown in to make you fall in love with the Hawaiian cupid and even the evil developer wishing to destroy the beautiful Kauai forest. The writer ties it all back to Shakespeare at the end with a fitting quote from the original inspiration for the film.
Although cute and funny it was rather predictable and the storyline was lost to the music that was the same throughout the entire movie, adding nothing to its value. Once you get past the music, the film still lacked in the fact that from the beginning nothing was left up to the viewer’s imagination. There was an attempt made at the start of the film to slowly work in some mysterious foreshadowing by jumping from one scene to another with a conflict that had happened a few days before, but the film only left you guessing for a few minutes. Once the conflict scene ended everything was revealed and from there on out you could guess every move and turn the film took.
Finally, more could have been done to highlight the fight against development in Hawaii, given its relevancy in today’s culture. Instead, the developing love story overshadowed this very important aspect of the film. While the storyline and characteristics were there, the film itself fell short as it came across as a rough cut rather than a final production.