Saturday, February 19, 2011

Me and Orson Welles

Directed by Richard Linklater. CinemaNX, 2008. Starring Zac Efron, Claire Danes and Christian McKay.

Genre: Drama

Me and Orson Welles

Me and Orson Welles - the book

Question:  Have you ever been a part of a school play, an off Broadway production or been lucky enough to reach the pinnacle of Broadway? If the answer is yes - you will totally understand Me and Orson Welles. No matter if you were a stagehand, understudy or principal player, I also believe you would like this film.

It is based on the novel by Robert Kaplow. The movie shows you a week before a play is to open in the late 1930's with Orson Welles as the director, producer and lead actor for Julius Caesar by Shakespeare. The movie is filled with over-the-top egos to people desperate to be a part of the creative arts, and how all those people work to create magic for their audiences.

Christian McKay plays Orson Welles and it is uncanny how he fully embodies the legendary actor. Stunning -absolutely stunning. Zac Efron's character, Richard, desperately wants to be an actor and does a convincing job as the young man in his first professional play. I do think all of Zac Efron's adoring fans will still appreciate all the screen time he receives.

On the whole, the story was a little slow and I wasn't sucked into each character's dilemmas as much as I should have been. However, as in the theatre world, when the lights dim everything just seems to meld into a cohesive work of art as everyone catches their collective breath. It is a magical time. And I will say it again: If you have ever participated in theatre you will really appreciate this movie - especially the last third.

My favorite part: Christian McKay

My least favorite part: How it lagged a bit in the middle.

Possibility of a sequel? No

Did the previews ruin it or show too much? No - actually when I saw the previews I was intrigued to rent it.

Rating: PG-13
Length: 114 minutes

Review: 6 out of 10

Me and Orson Welles - novel
Me and Orson Welles - DVD

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