Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Oranges and Sunshine

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.

Oranges and Sunshine – Opening October 21, 2011

It’s not so often that Emily Watson headlines a film, and it’s always worth noting since she’s such a terrific actress, stealing scenes even in small parts in films like “Synecdoche, New York,” “Red Dragon,” and “Gosford Park.” Here she plays a social worker in what could be quickly categorized as halfway between “Erin Brockovich” and “The Whistleblower,” considerably less severe than the latter because of the time-removed nature of the covered-up incident, but a more substantive and serious than the still solid former. The search by adult men for their parents who might not be dead is absolutely fascinating, and it appears that this film handles that delicately and respectfully. Watson seems to be driven but not overly pushy, and I’m pleased to see Hugo Weaving in the cast, playing, for once in his career, someone without any superpowers, masks, or villainous intentions. Quite simply, this looks like a powerful and inspirational film, and at the very least, an extraordinarily interesting and revealing one. The sunny title is deceptively positive, but I do think the film will possess a sense of hope and a celebration of the reunions that Margaret Humphreys’ work brought about. There also appears to be a bit of artsy cinematography, so I think this could well be a great film all around.

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