McKellen: Playing the Part (2017)

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Built upon a 14 hour interview, MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART is a unique journey through the key landmarks of McKellen's life, from early childhood into a demanding career that placed him in the public eye for the best part of his lifetime. Using an abundance of photography from McKellen's private albums and cinematically reconstructed scenes, a raw talent shines through in the intensity, variety and devotion to that moment in the light.

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (1)

Eben Bolter's almost expressionist lighting gives the red-chair interviews a theatrical warmth. The editing, like the acting, is impressively off-handed in the recreated scenes, which flip by like quickly turned pages in a book of memories.

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a must-see for any fan, and, be honest, is there anyone who's not an Ian McKellen fan?

Oct 3, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

McKellen's rich turn of phrase and self-deprecating expertise with building the perfect anecdote makes him tremendous company throughout here.

Sep 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A comprehensive and entertaining enough overview ... [but] Sir Ian deserves at least two hours ... it's a bit of everything in 92 minutes, and as such, it's completely entertaining, charming and lovely while also being annoyingly unsatisfying.

Sep 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film, filled with photographs and clips from McKellen's films, is a revealing insight into an important contributor to theatre and cinema.

Sep 21, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Endlessly fascinating and well crafted, McKellen: Playing The Part burrows deep into the mind of its subject, and the craft of acting itself.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 17/20 | Full Review…

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