AMELIA and ME AND ORSON WELLES

Sometimes there are movies that you want to like more than you do, movies that despite your desire for more are instantly (or nearly instantly) forgettable.

I’ve been meaning to say something about Amelia, but I keep forgetting!  Hillary Swank is always fun to watch, and she actually looks like Amelia Earhart.  The big problem here is the story.  Both Ron Bass (Rain Man [1988], The Joy Luck Club [1993] and more) and Anna Hamilton Phelan (Mask [1985], Gorillas in the Mist [1988], and Girl, Interrupted [1999]) have some good credits separately, but this script they’ve written does not work.  Director Mira Nair is hit or miss for me:  hits include Mississippi Masala (1991), Monsoon Wedding (2001) and The Namesake (2006), and misses include Vanity Fair (2004) and Amelia (2009).

Me and Orson Welles intrigued me as a Richard Linklater period piece and because it showcases Orson Welles during the Mercury Theater portion of his career a year before the famous 1938 broadcast of “The War of the Worlds.”  I was intrigued with the idea, but the film will not be very interesting to viewers who don’t have a good grasp of Welles biography.  My two favorite Linklater films (best viewed as a double feature) are Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004).

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