NOW: IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE | MOVIE REVIEW

When I hear that is in a movie, fictional or not, I tend to just drop everything and run towards the light. And so it was with NOW: IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE – a documentary following the world production of RICHARD III as it toured literally everywhere – if I am correct I heard 498 shows – that is mind blowing stuff. If you love RICHARD III or , or the theatre then this could be for you. It is releasing on limited release from this coming Thursday 4th December in Australia from Umbrella Entertainment. It is rated M and runs for 97mins. All the best….JK

 

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There is a lot to love about this movie and one resounding thing to dislike – pure and simple – it got me in the first 10mins. If you have not seen the theatre production you are at a loss. Do not get me wrong, there is plenty to enjoy without seeing the production but it discusses so much of the actual production that without seeing it you do not understand the brilliance and passion for which the people are talking. This movie is he ultimate in “Making of” Special Features of a Blu Ray – it would also be a superb BBC documentary but, for me, it is not something to go and see at a cinema unless you just loved the theatre piece.

About 45mins into the show it moved away from discussing logistics and scenes and cast, and moved towards the sublime part of the production, of any of these productions, to things you get to experience a couple of times in your life whether it be on a holiday, in the workplace, at a retreat, wherever – the bonding of a group into a family unit that will never break. A shared memory of pure awesomeness that is always fleeting but a life experience those people, and no one else can share in. We get to witness it but they got to live it. I have had it at a few workplaces and at school, and those people are family to me.

 

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The production journeys from London to the ancient Greek amphitheater in Epidaurus, to the deserts of Doha, across the Great Wall of China, through Istanbul, Sydney, Naples, San Francisco, and ultimately ends in Brooklyn. The journey itself was epic and including the long hours, eight shows a week and abundant travelling the bond of family formed. It was also a treat seeing Spacey being Spacey and not the gazillion characters you know him as. The guy is loaded so on downtime he really treated all his co-stars and crew well, I mean really well, I would have killed to have been on that boat. And just LOL to the sand dunes – “I have sand in my brain.” It is rare to see this kind of bond form on a set, or captured on film. Made me feel nostalgic for those groups of friends I have that special bond with.

However the movie itself goes off the rails a bit and at times comes across like a reality show on the theatre show with characters discussing the other actors and showing it in a “dear diary” kind of way. I also started to form opinions on all the cast, the ladies are all lovely as are most of the guys, but I thought Jeremy Bobb was a tool, arrogant dick that liked to swear a lot – bring that idiot down a peg or two please world!

RICHARD III is literally the hardest role ever written for an actor, they basically never leave stage, have most of the dialogue and have one of the most physically challenging roles imaginable – this role has ruined peoples backs for life when performed long term and if my ailing brain serves me correct it has close on 1800 lines Richard must remember and bring forth. Spacey works the character wonderfully but sadly, the snippets of the production are few and far between and this is what I wanted more of. I would have preferred to have seen the entire theatre production recorded – I am actually devastated that I missed this, never even knew it came to Sydney!!

 

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Overall I enjoyed the experience of watching the movie and felt I liked it more the further into the run time it screened, the ending actually had me a bit sad, I hate goodbyes and seeing something as wonderful as the bonding tour of everyone come to an end was emotional and brought back more life memories.

As I said previously, this was a movie better suited to the special features section of the Blu Ray, a Blu Ray of the production I would have definitely to have preferred to have seen. But I love Spacey so I was sold.

 

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