Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Cyrus

Welcome to a new weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Cyrus – Opening July 9, 2010

This trailer caught my eye before a Friday movie a few weeks ago, and in searching for a good preview to spotlight this week, I recalled this one, which stuck with me. It’s unclear exactly what kind of movie this is because it seems at times like a starkly serious drama, but most of the time, it looks to be an offbeat, deadpan comedy that feels very much like an independent film like “The Squid and the Whale.” It comes from a directing duo, the Duplass brothers, who have previously made very, very independent films like “Baghead.” This still doesn’t seem too much like a studio production, featuring semi-famous stars and an accessible, low-resolution feel. It’s great to have John C. Reilly back in a somewhat serious leading role, since I despised “Walk Hard” but did find Reilly’s work impressive in the little-seen 2004 film “Criminal.” Catherine Keener and Marisa Tomei are both lovely actresses capable of both comedy (“Being John Malkovich,” “My Cousin Vinny”) and drama (“Capote,” “In the Bedroom”). Jonah Hill to this point has done only more comical and immature work, and therefore it’s fun to see him in this role as the creepy son of Reilly’s character’s new girlfriend, played by Tomei. The trailer is very entertaining, and I enjoyed lines like “I’m going to have some conversations” and “you are flirting with me? I’m like Shrek!” This definitely looks like a weird movie, mostly due to Hill’s character and the way he treats Reilly’s leading man. It looks like a fun summer indie, and I think I’ll enjoy seeing it. What’s your take?

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