Clearly, we have to start with Quentin Tarantino.
At this point, I’m pretty much going to see any movie that has the name Quentin Tarantino stamped on it, but this trailer really won me over when the camera zoomed in on Leonardo DiCaprio, nodding with his big, cheesy, evil smile. I cracked up so hard at that. Besides, what’s not to like? Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz on a buddy comedy quest for revenge/rescue? A western with soul 70’s music? Blood spattered flowers? I am in.
(Walton Goggins, who I adore, is also credited in this film. I suppose it’s too much to hope that he’s not some dumb, racist Southern boy who gets killed after three minutes?)
Here’s some blasphemy for you: I have never seen nor read any version of Les Miserables. And you know, I really don’t want to. Which is frustrating because I like this cast—I’m so rarely interested in what Hugh Jackman’s doing; it’s not fair—and the camerawork looks great, and I very much enjoyed The King’s Speech (which Tom Hooper also directed) . . . but I just have no interest in this story, none, at all. This is, at very best, a rental, and probably only if someone suckered me into watching it with a lot of Oreos and chocolate cake. (Not together. That would be weird. Oreos should be eaten by themselves, plain and undipped, as God intended them.)
Todos Tenemos Un Plan (Everyone Has a Plan)
Okay, so I have to be honest: I really didn’t understand almost anything that happened in this trailer, not exactly being fluent in Spanish. But guess what? Viggo Mortensen is! About all I really got is that Viggo Mortensen plays identical twin brothers, one who appears to be considerably more reputable than the other—but isn’t that always the case? I was just getting a kick out of watching Aragorn speak Spanish. Anyway, the trailer looks decent enough, for not understand much more than the word hola.
I’m mostly posting this trailer for the very final shot at the end, but otherwise . . . yeah, this is a big skip it for me. Which is sad because, not unlike Hugh Jackman, I haven’t been interested in a Denzel Washington movie in some time, but the second the story became “pilot was drinking the night before,” I just totally lost all interest. Talented cast here, but it’s not enough for me to want to watch this. I think I’d actually rather see Les Miserables. Wow.
And finally . . . The Perks of Being a Wallflower
On one hand, the teen-comedy-drama thing is not as easy to balance as some people might think. It can be genius, or it can be horrifying, and I’m not sure where this one falls yet. Also, the little I’ve seen of Logan Lerman . . . well, I’ve not been terribly impressed yet.
On the other hand, it might just be worth it to see Hermione as the beautiful crazy damaged wild child girl that reminds you of no one you knew in high school or college yet always shows up in films like this. (Maybe you did have a damaged wild child. My school was less exciting.) Besides, Patrick (Ezra Miller) made me laugh out loud about three times during this trailer, so you know. I should at least like someone in the cast.
Still. This week is clearly all about Django Unchained.
One thought on “Coming Soon-Ish: Les Miserables, The New Hermione Granger, and Quentin Tarantino!”
I’m going to have to admit to you that I cannot fathom being disinterested in Les Mis. It is possible, given my vocation, that I am pre-disposed to feel that way, which I’ll readily accept.
But from a culture standpoint, Les Mis is one of the best written musicals of all time, to say nothing of the work it was based on. Now, I have some reservations about putting it on screen. I’ve always felt that, as a more operatic type of work, that it really is meant for the concert stage. I fear that fully realizing the locations will diminish the product somewhat. I’ll reserve judgement fully until I see it, but there you are.