May 01, 2010

Me And Orson Welles

The main plot seems like an inversion of the play-within-a-play subplot, with very 2010-era Hollywood sentiments and phrasing inhabiting a thirties-era New York Broadway stage production (itself dressing up Shakespeare's take on Roman drama in thirties garb). Gorgeous colours and lighting, great faces (Claire Danes, Christian McKay, Ben Chaplin, to name a few), and — with the obvious exception of Zac Efron, who stands out like an anachronistically sore thumb of a bad actor even in a movie full of deliberate anachronisms — fine swashbuckling acting (even the inevitable over-acting's a lot of fun). A bright, light, sunny, enjoyable film (especially over the Pacific at flight level 330 somewhere abeam New Caledonia).

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