Less well-received than other Shakespeare updates doing the rounds at this time, director Michael Hoffman takes one of the Bard's most magical, lively and downright funny plays, and delivers a disjointed mess.
It's the scenes in the enchanted forest that are a real letdown, especially considering movie magic should have been able to give the stage a real run for it's money here.
Instead, it all feels like a filmed panto. Still, Bale, Dominic West, Calista Flockhart and Anna Friel play the lovelorn foursome at the centre of the fairies' mischief with gusto.
Fighting Spirit? Nah, his resolve is at the whim of the fairies here.