Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Virginia

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.

Virginia – Opening May 18, 2012

Jennifer Connelly has been looking for a great film role since she won an Oscar in 2001 for her astounding performance in “A Beautiful Mind,” one of my personal favorite films. In the time since, she has appeared in three films that attracted Oscar attention for others – “House of Sand and Fog,” “Little Children,” and “Blood Diamond” – but didn’t capture any of that buzz for herself. The trailer for this highly irreverent film worries me slightly because of her participation in a somewhat similar film from last year, “Salvation Boulevard,” an over-the-top religious parody. This film seems much more focused on this lead character of Virginia, whose energetic desire to find about Mormonism absolving her sins is merely part of what makes her a compelling protagonist and not her sole defining trait. I love that she’s being paired back up with Ed Harris, her costar from “A Beautiful Mind,” and he’s another actor, who also appeared in “Salvation Boulevard,” is search of a great role after a prolific period about a decade ago. Emma Roberts, Carrie Preston, and Toby Jones are in the supporting cast, which should help make this film even more nutty. Hopefully it will find itself more tailored to strict comedy than outright foolishness, and this film, written and directed by Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning writer of “Milk,” should be a lot of fun.

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