So Tonight's showing of Rain Man was my first experience in the west end, and granted that it was a preview, I hope that things get much better than this. Overall, almost everything about this play was rather mediocre, from awful American accents that slipped in an out, particularly Mary Sockley and Tily Blackwood. The music in between scenes screams low budget (synthesized?), and seems not to fit the film. I have not seen the film Rain Man, and perhaps that was best. I was pretty engrossed in the story, but that was mainly due to one man: Adam Godley. His fantastic portrayal of the autistic brother was touching, believable, and his delivery was perfect. If only his costar had fared as well. Josh Hartnett, teen hearthrob from pearl harbor, 30 days of night, and 40 days and 40 nights, makes his debut and it feels just that: a debut. He flubbed his lines throughout the play, and did catch his stride eventually, but seemed rather forced much of the time. I think he will grow into the role, but in previews it was rough going. Meanwhile, the stage hands don't seem to have gotten their jobs down either, as during one scene, one could clearly see and here a table scraping across the stage. Annoying and distracting. The rather bland set seems to make poor use of the stage. while scenes transition nicely, they seem to be stuck on the far left(stage right?), something that was almost completely out of my view and almost half of the theater's view. The audience didn't care anyway since most were rather rude, bringing full meals into the theater or getting trashed on all the wine they brought. Did I enjoy this play? It may not seem so but I did, if only because of Godley. He was a revelation on stage, and he works perfectly with Hartnett. If anything Hartnett is a name to bring people in to discover Godley. Regardless, this felt like a film to me and I think it probably works better as one. There are some truly entertaining scenes, but they don't occupy enough of the film's 2 hours and 20 minutes to justify a top ticket price.
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