Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Larry Crowne

Welcome to a 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.

Larry Crowne – Opening July 1, 2011

There’s plenty to say about this film. The notion of having Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts on screen together is a terrific one, despite the peculiar nature of their last collaboration, “Charlie Wilson’s War.” The importance difference is that here, they’re both back to playing their typical roles that made them both so famous and bankable in the 1990s. Hanks is the boyish, innocent, kind-hearted romantic lead, and Roberts is the prickly, sarcastic, ultimately sentimental crush over whom men can’t hope not to obsess. This is the second feature film directed by Hanks, following 1996’s “That Thing You Do!” (which I haven’t seen). This really does feel, in all its elements, like a return to the 1990s, when these two were big and movies, at least in retrospect, were simpler. This may well be a worthy successor of “Sleepless in Seattle” or “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” with a less obvious romantic setup. At worst, however, this should be harmless fun showcasing entertaining performances from two actors who each haven’t made a great film in a number of years. Playing against type works sometimes, but the most refreshing thing can also be a return to what works best. Also penned by “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” architect Nia Vardalos, this comedy may just be the biggest hit these two Oscar winners have had in years.

No comments: