Jason Clark
May 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Company (Movie)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
132 minutes
performer
Raul Esparza
director
John Doyle
author
Stephen Sondheim
genre
musical

We gave it an B+

Stephen Sondheim’s classic 1970 musical, Company — centering on a 35-year-old commitment-phobe (Raúl Esparza) and his perpetually married pals — gets stripped down in 2007’s Tony-winning cast-as-orchestra production. The filming style can be far too intrusive (during Esparza’s climactic song, you can see clear into tonsil territory), but it affords an intimacy most theatergoers never experienced. EXTRAS A marvelous Q&A with Sondheim covers nearly his entire 50-year career in 39 minutes and reveals juicy tidbits (most of his lyrics for West Side Story still make him cringe). B+

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