Friday, August 16, 2013

Me and Orson Welles

In 1937, an affable teenager (Zach Braff) ditches class, heads to the big city, and scores a minor role in the Mercury Theater production of Julius Caesar directed by Orson Welles (Christian McKay), the Boy Wonder who was on the cusp of unprecedented successes in radio, theater, and film. Me and Orson Welles is a fabulous coming-of-age story made in a 1930s screwball vein by the ubiquitous Richard Linklater, a filmmaker who placidly moves from genre to genre to the point that his talent has gone somewhat unsung. McKay is phenomenal in embodying the gusto and personage of Welles and Braff is actually pretty good in a well-cast role.