Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Trailer Trash Tuesday: Happy Go Lucky
This would be the domestic trailer for the Mike Leigh import/prospective Oscar magnet for lead actress Sally Hawkins. I always tend to be suspicious of movies whose trailer guarantees us we're going to fall in love with the main character -- it's so often a challenge for me to do the opposite. Juno didn't so much do that with the trailer, but that was the thrust of the rest of the ad campaign, and we all know how I ended up feeling about dear Juno. They're certainly going for that approach with Hawkins's "Poppy." She answers her chicken-cutlet boob implant as if it were a phone! Have you ever done something so whimsical and free-spirited?
I'm not saying Hawkins won't be delightfully cheerful and full of British charm -- and I'm certainly not counting out that Oscar nomination; Mike Leigh has a way with leading ladies -- but I'm already establishing a defensive posture, and that's no good. Perhaps I would be feeling a smidge more positive if Miramax had shelled out for some real music instead of stock themes from America's Next Top Model. Because when I'm thinking of adorable pixies who bring sunshine into my day, I really don't need to be thinking of Eva.