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).
Neat recreation of the Mercury theater's heydays, it's slightly overlong but it does deliver to a point. As good as Christian McKay is, though, I must note his Welles seemed to lack the bigger-than-life quality of originale. A good film, not an unforgettable one.
Richard Linklater's attempt to make something akin to a Woody Allen film falls oh so flat. No fault of the actors and really the story of Welles' launching of "Caesar" on 41st should have gave birth to a greater story than this. Christian McKay is indeed a marvel as Welles with ok characterizations by young Efron and Danes. Was nice to see Ben Chaplin with a meaty part again as well. Overall a disappointment.
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".
I just love how Linklater sometimes just creates some light and unpretentious entertainment that really has a heart. McKay and Danes were very good, but why the fuck cast this incredibly bad Efron? Really, I got nothing against the kid and his teen movies, but he is not an actor.
A pretty average movie in most ways but I had to give it that fourth star because Zac Efron carried his weight in an adult part, Claire Danes was as solid as ever, and Christian Mckay was remarkable, truly channeling the charming rogue that was Orson Welles.
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.