Me & Orson Welles (2009)

Me and OrsonReviewed by Melissa Rader (Library Staff)

I had been meaning to take this one home from the library for a while and I’m glad I finally did. The film takes place in 1937 and follows the experience of a teenager (Zac Efron) who has been cast in a stage play directed by the iconic and larger-than-life Orson Welles (Christian McKay). I really enjoyed being immersed both in 1937 stage life and the tumultuous, frustrating experience of working with Welles.

Located in Adult DVDs (DVD ME AND ORSON)

The Young Victoria (2010)

The Young VictoriaReviewed by Melissa Rader (Library Staff)

What a gorgeous and accessible period piece about one of England’s greatest monarchs! This film follows the childhood of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt), as well as her sweet courtship with Prince Albert (Rupert Friend). Emily Blunt is absolutely stunning in her portrayal of the sensible and strong-willed Victoria. If that weren’t enough to convince you to check this one out, perhaps the fact that it is written by Julian Fellowes (writer of Downton Abbey!) will. I’d recommend this film even to those who don’t traditionally enjoy period pieces.

Located in Adult DVDs (DVD YOUNG VICTORIA)

 

Saving Mr. Banks (2014)

Saving Mr BanksReviewed by Melissa Rader (Library Staff)

This was definitely one of the best movies I’ve seen all year! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it but I felt inexplicably light and happy when I finished watching it. Saving Mr. Banks tells the true story of the challenging partnership between Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) during the adaptation of Mary Poppins from book to screen. The performances in this film were truly impressive, although I tend to always adore Emma Thompson as a cantankerous author (as in another of my favorites, Stranger Than Fiction). P.L. Travers is such a complex, fascinating character whose childhood and relationship with her father are glimpsed throughout the film. Overall, this is a funny, heartfelt portrayal of a captivating true story.

Located in Adult DVDs (DVD SAVING) and in Adult Rental DVDs (RENTAL DVD SAVING)

Also, the Delafield Public Library now has the soundtrack which is also fantastic!