Saturday, June 11, 2011

Me and Orson Welles

Me and Orson Welles-2009, directed by Richard Linklater, starring Zac Effron, Claire Danes, and Christian McKay
He says- Teenager with an artistic bent stumbles into a job with Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre troupe as they're preparing their groundbreaking stage production of Julius Caesar in 1937.  Quite suddenly he finds himself in fast company, attracted to the ensemble's girl Friday (Danes) and in the orbit of the mercurial but brilliant Welles.  Wonderfully vivid evocation of a storied time in Welles career.  McKay is a standout in the fine ensemble as the larger-than-life boy genius.  Based on a novel by Robert Kaplow.  3 stars.

I say- There's something about Zac Effron that I just don't like.  I felt like the story was good, but him as a lead really detracted from the experience.  1 and a half stars.

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