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Sep 18th
06:49 am
Me and Orson Welles Official UK Trailer  

And an article by the Guardian:

Zac Efron is a revelation in Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles
The High School Musical star comes into his own in Richard Linklater's period charmer, out in the UK on 4 December, which goes behind the scenes of Orson Welles's infamous production of Julius Caesar.
Catherine Shoard

What a weird career Richard Linklater has had: from goofy slacker dramas to knock-you-sideways romance, from mainstream kiddie comedies to paranoid junkie cartoons.

His latest, Me and Orson Welles, is perhaps his weirdest to date, on account of its breezy conventionality. It's not even as experimental (praise be) as Cradle Will Rock, Tim Robbins's grating backstage-with-Welles politico-drama, which it superficially resembles.

Zac Efron plays an ambitious high schooler with a decent voice and twinkle toes (plus ca change) who wheedles his way to a walk-on in Welles's infamous 1937 production of Julius Caesar in New York (it's framed by a sort of "I'll never forget that week" nostalgia rhetoric that makes you wish Linklater had gone the whole hog, and bookended proceedings with a bewhiskered Efron dandling a grandchild on his knee, toffees in hand).

Also in the company are Claire Danes, briefly won over by Efron's boyish charms, Eddie Marsan, wringing his hands as the financier, and Ben Chaplin, unexpectedly hilarious as venerable English thesp George Coulouris. Newcomer Christian McKay (who's done a few Miss Marples, and played Welles on stage) makes a magnificent Orson, but it's Efron who really impresses: showing a depth and charm you'd never have dreamed of. He's not afraid to look petulant and silly, and does, frequently. That said, there are moments - check out the menacing screengrab above - in which you can't help but think: Efron should really, at some point, play a killer.

Mood: groggygroggy
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Shruti: Zac | All Of Seventeencalcified on September 18th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)

Ok I had coherent thoughts. The sparkling was just an awful idea. Um. Sorry it's hilariouuuuus to hear Zac pretend to be freaked out by singing on stage. There's this old old article I read about typecasting in which they mentioned a scene in a war movie, in which the guy who plays Al Bundy is actually an evil asshole, but instead of viewing him seriously, the audience just lolled because...Al Bundy. At war. Similarly!

His storyline with Claire is so cute! (though obviously not the whole time, what with her moving to greener pastures) There was some other part that I wanted to talk to you about! Oh ok, other than that Shia looking kid who is calling Orson a douche, do you feel like some characters have accents and others don't, but everyone at some point sounds accenty? In a stagey kind of way.
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on September 18th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
i had to go back and rewatch to understand your sparkly comment LOL

ugggghhh i really love the trailer, the "who are you scene" fits so much better within the context of this trailer. and i love the bit when richard is asking orson to talk to his mother....."oh course!"

-Jo-: wtfgreenie_breizh on September 18th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
...yeah what was up with the sparkles? It just felt totally out of place. The rest of the trailer was great but that really made me WTF? Please don't let Twilight make sparkles the next big thing. >.>
zaccy23zaccy23 on September 18th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
I do think the sparkling was trying to give the effect of flashbulbs. Or at least that's what I got from it.
Shruticalcified on September 18th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
It was, but it came off really CGIed and cheesy.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 18th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
i feel like i'd have to see the whole thing to decide about the accents. mostly i think i hear it in eddie marsan's character. maybe christian a little bit. but if it is there, at least in orson, it is on purpose i'd guess.
samwise gamgee.: shia. ice cream.colfer on September 18th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
jessica3311: Zeo kingsjessica3311 on September 19th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
i actually liked the sparkling, idk it brought a magical type element to the trailer.