A young student (Zac Efron) finds love in the theater after being cast in a production of Julius Caesar directed by Orson Welles (Christian McKay) in this 1930s-era romance directed by Richard Linklater.
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The man behind the master. Must all geniuses be tyrants bound by hubris? There might be exceptions that disprove the rule, but this intrinsically reveals the petty corruption of 'the narrative arts' industry with incisive skill.
Charming but there isn't quite the commitment to the period that you find in say, Hudsucker Proxy. Still a lot of fun, though. Also look for the definitive Orson Welles in Christian McKay, save for maybe Vincent D'Onofrio's dubbed performance in Ed Wood.
I only watched the film to see McKay's personification of Orson Welles and I was pleasantly surprised by the acting of him, Efron, and several of the background characters. While I disagree with Linklater's approach to the subject, I think he did a great job of portraying the time period and the authenticity of the characters.
A delightful trifle. McKay performs a wonderful impersonation of Welles, and Efron is charming as the un-neurotic young hipster who gets the part and gets, for a time at least, the girl. At first, this seemed like odd material for Linklater, but it combines the let's-put-on-a-show exuberance of School Of Rock with the carefree late-adolescent shiftlessness of Dazed And Confused.
A thoroughly enjoyable film with more depth than is immediately apparent. Zac Efron continues to make smart choices in breaking away from the "Disney Channel curse" - he keeps stretching but not so far and so fast as to alienate his fans. Christian McKay is uncanny as Welles (I happened to have seen "The Third Man" about a week before "Me and Orson Wells" so the young Welles was fresh in my mind).
A cute, well turned adaptation; not earth shattering in it's brilliance and sometimes a bit overwritten and explanatory, but the striking casting of Efron, Danes and McKay generates the energi needed. And the music is wonderful. A hipper (and far better!) companion to Aunts' Comedy of the Year 2006, "Mrs. Henderson Presents".