Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Me and Orson Welles

If you've ever been curious about the actor Orson Welles, this is a good movie for you. Actor Christian McKay chews the scenery like you imagine only Orson Welles would or could do. He even looks like him, and displays that arrogance that Orson was so famous for. Unfortunately, that's the only reason I can think of to see this film.

Zac Efron plays a would-be actor, still in high school, but he plays the part a bit older than that. He's always interesting to watch post-HSM, but he really doesn't have much to do. The plot winds around Orson's production of Hamlet on stage in New York, and it's like watching several trains all headed in the same direction: toward each other. And Efron's character is the viewer, admiring his talent but wincing whenever he's addressed by the Genius.

But in a static setting, on a static set, with nothing much happening except to watch Orson go off with girls stage left or stage right, it's boring. Terribly.

Best to go watch one of Orson Welles' movies, and get a real sense for what he could do. Thumb's down.


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