Review: Me and Orson Welles

* *1/2 out of four stars

There is one true reason to see “Me and Orson Welles” and that is cinematic unknown Christian McKay, who plays the part of Orson Welles as if he was born doing it in his sleep. He’s so great on the screen that we really stop caring about everything else, and every moment he’s not there we miss him.

The story is based on a novel by Robert Kaplow and centers around a young boy named Richard (Zac Efron, “High School Musical”) who just happens to impress the great Welles one day with his musical abilities and knowledge of Shakespeare. He lands a part in the upcoming “Julius Caesar” right then and there, and is added to the ragtag team that makes up the Mercury Theatre.

Soon, he’s love-struck by secretary Sonja (Claire Danes, “Romeo + Juliet”) who will do anything to get ahead in show business. Despite the fact that she is an older woman and he isn’t even eighteen  yet, he makes an attempt to seduce her anyway.

There are a lot of colors here, plenty of smiles and laughter, but one can’t help but feel like they’re watching community theater. Director Richard Linklater (“Waking Life,” “A Scanner Darkly”) keeps the pace fast and the direction clean, but the whole feel seems fake. It feels too much like we’re watching people in costumes rather than the real thing.

But there is plenty here to maintain interest. The story is amusing enough, and as I said before McKay is so fantastic to watch. It’s a shame they couldn’t have centered the story around just Orson Welles. Then perhaps the film would have been more interesting.

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One Response to “Review: Me and Orson Welles”

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