Me and Orson Welles

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"If you want to discover life learn from the master"
  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 6.7  (11,767)
  • 73

Me and Orson Welles is a 2008 independent film directed by Richard Linklater and starring Zac Efron, Claire Danes, and Christian McKay. The movie is set in 1937 and follows the adventures of a teenage high school student named Richard Samuels, played by Zac Efron, who lands a small role in Orson Welles’ groundbreaking production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

The film begins with Richard deciding to skip school and go to Manhattan, where he happens to run into Orson Welles outside the Mercury Theatre. Impressed by the teenager’s confidence and charm, Welles offers him a small role in his upcoming production. Richard is thrilled and begins working with the rest of the cast, including Claire Danes’ character, who plays the part of Sonja Jones, one of the theatre’s managers.

Over the next week, as Julius Caesar comes together, Richard finds himself caught up in the drama and chaos of the production. Orson Welles is charismatic but demanding, insisting on perfection from his cast and crew. He is also moody and unpredictable, prone to temper tantrums and bouts of excessive drinking.

Meanwhile, Richard develops a crush on Sonja and spends his evenings hanging around the theatre, hoping to catch her attention. They strike up a friendship, and Sonja takes Richard under her wing, giving him advice about life and the theatre world.

As opening night approaches, tensions rise, and the cast and crew are pushed to their limits. Richard is told that his role has been cut from the show after he clashed with Welles during rehearsals, but he is determined to find a way back in.

On opening night, the production is a massive success, and Richard manages to sneak back into the show after his replacement actor breaks his leg. The audience is awed by Welles’ vision, and Richard realizes the significance of the moment he has just experienced.

Overall, Me and Orson Welles is a charming and well-acted film that offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of theatre and the genius of Orson Welles. Zac Efron delivers a strong performance as the young Richard, while Claire Danes is captivating as Sonja. The real standout, however, is Christian McKay, who plays Orson Welles in a breakout role that earned him critical acclaim. His portrayal of Welles is both intimidating and captivating, and he brings to life the larger-than-life personality of the legendary director.

The film also offers up a fun soundtrack that features music from the time, with Benny Goodman among other famous artists. The period details are well-researched, and the film successfully captures the mood and atmosphere of pre-war America.

In conclusion, Me and Orson Welles is a must-watch for fans of independent cinema and theatre enthusiasts alike. The film paints a vivid picture of the dazzling and tumultuous world of theatre in the 1930s, while also providing a glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest directors of all time. Whether you’re a fan of Zac Efron or Christian McKay, this movie offers a fantastic showcase of actors at the top of their game, and is sure to entertain and captivate audiences throughout.

Me and Orson Welles is a 2010 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 73.

Me and Orson Welles
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