Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Review: William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet
But seriously, folks: Let's talk about William Shatner. Or, to be more precise, William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet, a surprisingly revealing documentary that suggests the full depths of the Emmy-winning actor's self-awareness and -- no kidding -- artistic aspirations. The movie, which had its world premiere last month at the Nashville Film Festival, focuses on the efforts of famed choreographer Margo Sappington to create a ballet inspired by spoken-word songs from the ironically titled Has Been, the acclaimed collaboration by Shatner and musician-producer Ben Folds. There's a distinctly autobiographical air to these songs -- like "It Hasn't Happened Yet," performed by Shatner in the above clip -- and an unexpected poignancy to the film itself. You can read my Variety review here.