Dr. Watson a better fit than Richard III

He is perhaps best known for portraying Tim Canterbury in “The Office,” Dr. John Watson in “Sherlock,” and Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit.” .

Now Martin Freeman earlier this week was twice nominated for Emmy awards.

Martin Freeman/Wikipedia
Martin Freeman/Wikipedia

None of this, though, helped with the NY Times review of Freeman in the title role of “Richard III” in London directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Mr. Freeman, who just received Emmy nominations for his performances in“Fargo” and “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” is giving us a Richard who almost disappears before your eyes, even when he’s making orgasmic noises while strangling a victim with a telephone cord. That this is a man to be deeply and truly feared is suggested by all the evidence, except Mr. Freeman’s performance.

Here’s the rest of the review. 

 

‘Birdman’ film about mounting a Broadway show

‘Birdman’ film about mounting a Broadway show

Michael Keaton (right),   Zach Galifianakis and  Edward Norton star in "Birdman," a comedy scheduled for release Oct. 17.
Michael Keaton (right), Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton star in “Birdman,” a comedy scheduled for release Oct. 17.

Now this looks like a really cool idea. And it brings Michael Keaton back to the big screen. Instead of a Broadway play going to Hollywood, “A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.

The “Birdman” trailer is interesting, until the last 15 seconds or so. Maybe it’s a guy thing.

IMDB says scheduled for release in the fall.

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