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What a whirl, what a world! High-schooler Richard Samuels lucks into a role in a daring Broadway production of Julius Caesar. Cues, staging, rehearsals, romance, rivalries: he has a lot to learn. And the first thing to learn is never upstage Mercury Theatre's genius director, 22-year-old Orson Welles.
Zac Efron wins hearts and applause as Richard, the Me of this celebratory curtain call for when dreams -- and the theater -- were big. Christian McKay offers an uncanny Welles, the imposing, impetuous center of Richard's exciting new universe. Claire Danes is the enterprising stage assistant drawn into both men's lives. And Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, The School of Rock) directs with the vibrant spirit of those for whom all the world is a stage. Bravo!
He was all Sonja, his office manager/pr girl, (Clare Danes) said he was: aggravating, critical, self centered, manipulating, egoistic, and, brilliant. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lanna S. Seuret
I had the pleasure of watching this at a screening in Austin recently hosted by the filmmaker Richard Linklater. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jay Deal
Richard Linklater does an incredible job directing this charming little independent gem. Zac Ephron, Zoe Kazan, and Claire Danes are wonderful, but it is Christian McKay (who... Read morePublished 2 months ago by miceatwork
This is a fantastic movie. Christian McKay IS Orson Welles. His performance and appearance is so right on it's uncanny. Zac Effron is so so. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JB Steel
Excellent film!! The only possible, nitty-picky, complaint I could make is to point out the Orson Wells was 22 at the time the film is set. But that is hardly the point. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alexis
My brother loved it. I thought it was slow moving and had a hard time staying awake.Published 5 months ago by Lola L. Mercurio
A XMAS gift for my son which came in time for the Holy Day. Greatly appreciated & treasured. Great seller, great deal!Published 7 months ago by William W. Ridge
Just not a good movie, folks. I'm not sure how to nail it down, but somewhere between the bitter cynicism and Zac Efron's lightweight performance, this movie falls flat. Read morePublished 7 months ago by samspennell