I’ve been waiting to see this for years* which tends to either make the movie going experience disappointing or exhilarating and I’m happy to report that this experience fell on the exhilarating side. I spent a lot of time feeling bad for Zac Efron, whose good acting cannot overcome his distracting good looks while meanwhile Christian McKay, with his run-of-the-mill face blew me away as a young Orson Welles. It’s a solid movie about the theater and I think it made a very good book-to-film adaptation.**
Where watched: at home.
*It never really opened here, though I was watching for it. Then the library didn’t have it. Once, Matt and I walked to the video store with the express purpose of renting it and the store’s copy was missing. It was only when I was combing the same video store’s sale racks for a copy of Fast & Furious 6 that I found this copy for sale.
**Because I read the book in preparation for the movie. In 2009. Here’s a quote from the book I saved on my Goodreads Quote page:
“She left for the Mercury, but I stayed on the roof for a while. I breathed in the city: its warming wind, its noise. And I was one young man on a roof who had just spent the night with a beautiful woman…and the sunlight suggested winter and hard days to come, but we would all survive somehow, and the seasons were bigger than any of us anyway–and we were all tumbling along on the breeze of something enormous and eternal and gloriously busy.”
poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2009/me_and_orson_welles.html