New Trailers: Oscar-Bait Edition
This week we got our first look at two new trailers for some serious Oscar-bait movies, Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, starring Stephen Dorff (Deacon Frost in Blade), and Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's novel of the same name. Let's check them out!
1.) Somewhere, director Sofia Coppola. Starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning.
The beautiful, understated aesthetic on display in Somewhere's trailer will be familiar to anyone who has seen either of Coppola's last two films, Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). Like those films, Somewhere looks to draw heavily on the theme of bourgeois ennui, meaning Coppola has not yet outgrown her fascination with the lifestyles of the rich and bored. That's not necessarily a criticism - Coppola is an incredible filmmaker - but it does feel like she's staying well within previously charted thematic territory - especially the focus on the famous father/estranged daughter dynamic that was so central to Lost in Translation. As a side note, congratulations are due to Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning: if ever there were a movie to bolster their acting credibility, this would be it. Bonus points to Elle for escaping sister Dakota's shadow (it's not a competition, girls!). OK, bonus points for you too, Dorff, for starring in your first important movie since Blade (1998).
2.) Never Let Me Go, director Mark Romanek. Starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Izzy Meikle-Small, Charlie Rowe, and Ella Purnell
The trailer for Never Let Me Go prominently features British people in antiquated clothing, standing in shadow and dappled sunlight, emoting. There is a lot of speaking in British accents, walking on beaches, and dramatic screaming, all while a properly cinematic violin score builds in the background. So you know it's good and will probably get an Oscar nomination. Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Andrew Garfield star in the film adaptation of the thoroughly depressing sci-fi novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, the 'twist' of which is more or less given away in the trailer. While the cinematography looks indisputably beautiful and the acting oh-so dramatic, director Mark Romanek isn't known for much besides One Hour Photo and a number of music videos, so I'll wait to pass judgment on this until I see it in theaters.