The Dresser (2015)
Critic Consensus: The Dresser brilliantly showcases two of the most gifted actors of their generation within a thoughtful, well-executed production offering intelligent commentary on the human condition.
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Critic Reviews for The Dresser
It is deliciously funny and moving. It is also profoundly about why people perform and create art. And it is heartbreakingly accurate about actors and the theatre.
It's delightful and winning, both sad and funny and touching on so many levels. Welcome this little gem into your arms if you can.
It is, it really is, just as magnificent, powerful and enthralling as you would imagine. Yet to assume the greatness of The Dresser based on the simply sum of its parts is to miss the whole point of the story.
Of course, it's a showcase of great acting, as you would expect, but The Dresser is also a well-tailored play enriched by layers of metaphor and irony.
The Dresser rises and falls on the strength of its central duo, and it's hard to imagine two currently working actors who could rival Courtenay and Finney as well as McKellen and Hopkins do.
Audience Reviews for The Dresser
As a whole, it does pale in comparison to the great Peter Yates directed version of the play from 1983, but McKellen and Hopkins certainly make this a worthwhile adaptation.
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