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. So...my 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.