This Week in Trailers: Oct. 8th

More weeks, more trailers, more films to look forward to or completely ignore. Check it out below:

THE BEST

Synopsis: Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.

Marilyn Munroe is one of those icons of cinema that no one can deny. No matter what year you were born or how many of her films you have or haven’t seen you know who she is and what she represents. Here is a film that takes you behind the veil of the symbol of Marilyn and gives us some face to face time with the real woman. I don’t know how true this film is to real life but that doesn’t matter at this point. I’ve been a big fan of Michelle Williams for the last five years watching her blaze a trail in a ton of low budget indie films and after last year’s Blue Valentine, which she was nominated for an Oscar for, this seems to be her first film which is geared directly at the Academy and gives her a chance to do what she does best, shine – just like Marilyn.


Synopsis:
Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now married with kids.

Diablo Cody started out her career in Hollywood with a winning sprint with an Academy Award winning screenplay with Juno. Her new film is about a woman who comes back to her home town to get her old boyfriend back. This old boyfriend however has a wife and a child, but this will not deter Mavis (Charlize Theron) in any way.

It looks like the right blend of awkward and “horrible person” comedy set in the real world. Jason Reitman has made his career based on the idea of finding humour in the weirdness of different characters that see the world differently, mostly through slightly skewed logic. It usually brinks on the heart-warming and I can’t wait to see this.

On a completely different note, while I do love Theron and I’m sure she’ll be brilliant in the film, am I the only one who watches this trailer and continually thinks that this might just be what Katherine Heigl needs for her career?

Synopsis: The story of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and the academic and writer Michael Aris; a true story of love set against political turmoil.

This is weird; I know Luc Besson for his action packed French films. Here he is serving up what looks to be a competent political biopic with one of my favourite Asian actresses, Michelle Yeoh, and I can’t help but just want to go see this movie now.

The story is one that I’m unfamiliar with, I’m not even sure what time period the film is set in watching the trailer and I would usually run to Wikipedia to look up as many facts about the person and try to match it up with the trailer to start picking it apart for historical errors, but part of me just wants to first experience the ride of seen Yeoh and Besson wow me with what I can only imagine looks to me like a female Asain version of a Mandela story, which I could be completely wrong about.

Count me in.

THE WORST

Synopsis: A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.

So, “I don’t do much reading,” but I’m sure Edgar Allan Poe is nothing like Sherlock Holmes. Did someone see Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes film a couple of years ago and just think, “I can do that!” Because it just wreaks of terrible filmmaking and generic storytelling. All I hope for is that the film ends with Poe dying and we don’t have a franchise on our hands, intentionally or not.

What’s your favourite trailer of the week?

 

  • http://www.louisereviews.com Louise

    The trailer of The Lady looks fantastic – I would never have thought of Michelle Yeoh for the role but she appears to be perfect in it.  And David Thewlis is amazing in everything he does.

  • http://www.gmanreviews.com Andrew Robinson

    Yes it does look amazing to me. Very interested in how Besson does with this genre. I know now that he did Joan of Arc but I’ve never seen it. May see that very soon.