NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)
Movie InfoKevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW: in the Wings on a World Stage. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, "Richard III." Their story and experiences weave around, and reflect on, excerpts from the play from their various locations, from Epidaurus to Doha, and provides a great opportunity for those who have never experienced Spacey on stage to witness his immersive and captivating interpretation of Richard III. NOW chronicles the first collaboration between Spacey and Mendes since both won Academy Awards (R) for their work on American Beauty. (c) KevinSpacey.com … More
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Critic Reviews for NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage
There is nothing that drives this film except a tone of inward-gazing self-importance, sweetened by the sentimental bonding of the play's cast and crew and Whelehan's touristy location shots.
It's that rare film that captures and conveys the romance of the theatrical experience.
The camaraderie among the players, some of whom have interesting stories of their own, tends to shut out any sense of audience response, aside from the ovation that reliably greets the star as soon as he appears onstage.
Over the course of the film, a sense of the cast's camaraderie comes through, the almost family feeling that takes over among people thrown together in such intimate circumstances.
Spacey serves as an engaging, amiable host but also offers spot-on observations about the demanding role.
Less a film than a brochure, offering lush, alluring scenery alongside a collection of ultimately shallow teasers.
Shamelessly partisan, Jeremy Whelehan's film combines thoughtful pontificating with rather too many tributes to Spacey's leadership and generosity.
Despite the distinct talent of all of those involved - from Spacey to Mendes to Whelehan, the biggest winner in this instance is a certain William Shakespeare.
It's as cozy and self-congratulating as you'd expect from a thing executive-produced and distributed by Spacey.
As if screening filmed plays in cinemas wasn't perverse enough, here's a making-of for a long-gone theatrical event: the production of Richard III by Sam Mendes's Bridge Project that toured worldwide.
While NOW is an echo of Spacey's hubris and chicanery, it's also an object lesson on being in charge of your career. As such, it's a doc actors shouldn't miss.
NOW: In the Wings On A World Stage is a flat and only sporadically fascinating documentary that will likely disappoint fans of both Spacey and Shakespeare.
"Istanbul is so exotic," is one reaction from a young actor, and that's about as good as the commentary gets.
A more interesting documentary would have further investigated the phenomenon of Shakespeare resonating with such diverse locales.
A gift not just for Kevin Spacey and theatre fans but for viewers who thrill to travel, live performance, and insights into "the process."
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