Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Review: Caesar Must Die

Amami is an independent movie theater right here in our neighborhood.  Last night we went there to see an Italian movie called Caesar Must Die.  It's about a prison production of Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's play.  Just fyi, I memorized a part of this play in 8th grade and competed in a dramatic monologue competition.  Failed in Round 1. attitude's not good about this play from the get go.  Here's our review:

Lw:  What did you think?
Hm:  I thought it was okay.  I liked the acting, especially considering the actors were actual prisoners.
Lw:  I wish I had known that while watching the film.
Hm:  But even if that weren't the case, I think we would have thought the acting was quite good.
Lw:  Yes, the acting was good.  And the staging within the prison was effective.  Here's the thing I did not like.  We really didn't get much information about the prisoners themselves.
Hm:  Right.  I thought it was going to be more like French Lieutenant's woman, where the plot shifted back and forth between the reality and the drama, but there was no time spent on the reality of these prisoners' situations.
Lw:  Kudos to you for introducing an apt comparison.  How bout the fist of 5?
Hm:  I'm giving it a 2.5.  Though it could have gone up to a 3 if I'd tried one of the fruit tarts sold in the lobby before the movie.
Lw:  I'm giving it a 2 because I had twitchy leg syndrome through the whole darned thing and was very uncomfortable.
Hm:  (looking up some treatments for Restless Leg Syndrome on his computer).  It's a neurological disorder.  1 in 10 people get it....(continues to read about my disorder, thus increasing my lonely sense of desperation about the twitching syndrome).
Lw:  Okay, the review is done.  If people want to see Caesar Must Die, they probably should. The Italian prisons seem a little nicer than American prisons.  The prisoners wear their own clothes, not the orange jumpsuits.


Erin said...

Poor Peter not getting a fruit tart! You two are hysterical!

Erin said...

I also wanted to note that you're an amazing photographer!!! Your pics are beautiful. Have you seen the junk I've been putting on?

Anonymous said...

What does Lw and Hm stand for? And Tr? I wonder?
It's our Saturday and it came just in time. I so tired!!!
I miss you guys!

LH said...

Thanks, ER! So glad to see you here. I'm almost died of heat stroke today. Just fyi.

JW: Good questions:
TR = Translation
Lw = Leeway
Hm = Husbandman

We miss you 2 woman. More than anything!

KC said...

This is truly one of my favorite features. Although, I'm pretty much a huge fan of the entire blog and have been since it's inception.

Gina Marie said...

I agree with KC that this particular posting type is a favorite. The phrase 'fist of five' has been added to my repertoire.

Also, Julius Caesar was my favorite Shakespeare play and I get excited every March 15 to warn people about the Ides of March so I'm pretty sure I would LOVE this film. Going to check it out. Because I want to.

LH said...

G, I think you would like it. It's interesting the ways the prisoners use the prison spaces during rehearsals.

Thx K and G!!! I was so happy we found that independent movie theater so that we could continue our relevant reviews.

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