December 5, 2009
“Everything happens in the quadruple space….”In 1937 a carefree, aspiring young actor takes a trip into New York, happens across the Mercury Theatre and lands himself a part in Orson Welles’ production of Julius Caesar. He quickly discovers the perks and pitfalls of a life on the stage and begins to mimic his new found idol.
Zac Efron seems to be growing up and gives a very convincing performance as the aspiring actor, managing to break into song only twice! Christian McKay is relatively unknown on the big screen. However, with strong resemblances to Orson Welles, he makes the perfect choice. His initial appearance does not leave an inspiring first impression of the character but you grow to appreciate his style. McKay expertly brings you round with far away looks as he imparts his advice on his new protégé; he even makes you feel sorry for him.
The script is excellent, littered with brilliant one-liners. The direction, by Richard Linklater, is perfect with a star studded cast (I disagree with the people in the row behind me!). Initially I did wonder where the film was going and the first appearance of Orson Welles did not settle that feeling but I was soon hooked and from the silent tension that echoed around the cinema, imitating that of the Mercury Theatre for the finale, I would say most of the audience (bar the afore mentioned) felt the same. I even left wanting to know more about Orson Welles, something no film has ever inspired me to do previously.
This is an easy-to-watch drama. I left the cinema relaxed and particularly pleased to have seen Efron doing something a little less irritating!
Watch and enjoy!