Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
All of the major players in this movie have been much better served. Zasu Pitts has a throwaway role, Victor Varconi --- well, I must admit I can't think of anything else I might have seen Mr. Varconi in, but his role as husband is the sort that Tommy Meighan made a career playing, and he has almost no presence. Raymond Griffith isn't given much leeway, although he does a couple of amusing takes, and as for the star, Miss Leatrice Joy.... well, she does get to play two roles, but one is a selfish boor who wants to become a Great Actress and the other is a little mouse who doesn't want anything.
Really, it's largely an exercise in posing to another typical Cecil B. DeMille script in which the times, we are informed, they are a-changing. The actors do as much as they can, which renders this pleasantly watchable, but nothing to go out of your way for.
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