Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Trailer Trash Tuesday: The Lucky Ones
I'd been really looking forward to this one -- Rachel McAdams is always a favorite, Neil Burger appears to be an up-and-coming director after The Illusionist, and I keep predicting Michael Peña is about to have a major breakthrough. Not to mention how it's one of those Iraq movies I like so much but no one's interested in paying money to see.
But after watching it...I just don't know. I like a good road movie, but this one is looking like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles for the soldier set. None of the interaction with the civilians seems authentic, McAdams's cornpone accent couldn't sound faker, and it seems to hopscotch from goofy to harrowing a whole lot. Of course, that kind of thing is more jarring in a trailer. A feature-length film could deal with the tonal shifts more elegantly.
Maybe I'm just reacting badly to Sarah McLachlan playing over the second half of the clip. "I Will Remember You"? In 2008? What kind of confidence can I have in a movie when it's being marketed by people who have been cryogenically frozen since 1995?