The fantastical musical that swept the summer's LGBT film festivals' awards is finally getting a theatrical release. Were the World Mine is opening today in New York, San Francisco and Berkeley, with a Los Angeles run to begin December 12.
LA's Outfest awarded the film with the Grand Jury Prize, Florida Film Fest gave it the Audience Award (as did a number of other festivals), Nashville named it Best LGBT Film, and the list goes on and on. Obviously, LGBT audiences are hyped on this movie.
And why shouldn't they be? It's the gayest retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream I've ever seen -- and of course I mean that in the best possible way.
To love this movie, though, a viewer must absolutely be in favor of characters breaking out into song. Think of it as High School Musical -- cheese and all -- but in this case, the cheese ain't Velveeta; it's more of a fine Camembert.
It's your standard good vs. evil scenario, except in this case, good = the senior play and evil = sports. (I told you it was HSM.) Though the gay content tends to be heavy-handed at times, every time my cynical side would scoff at the action or dialogue, something beautiful would happen on screen and I would be swept away in the surreal musical moments of the piece.
In fact, the musical moments are really the strongest part of the film. They are mesmerizing, and the singing, for the most part, is top-notch. (Extra points for the casting director, who managed to find two gorgeous leads who can also deliver strong singing performances!)
Check out the trailer and imagine it being 90 minutes long. You'll know then if Were the World Mine is your cup of tea.