Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Struck by Lightning

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.

Struck by Lightning – Opening January 11, 2013

It’s always interesting to watch the transition of a TV star famous purely for one role try to transition to film. In this case, it’s Chris Colfer, who has been nominated for two Emmys for his performance of gay glee club member Kurt Hummel on “Glee.” While his role in this film doesn’t seem all that much different than the one he plays on the show, a few details aside, he is, for the first time, the main character, rather than a supporting scene stealer who has by default become one of the show’s most featured players. Also of note is the fact that Colfer, who is only twenty-two years old, wrote the script, which may incorporate a fair amount of his high school experiences, dramatized considerably to include extensive blackmail. Colfer has already written highly acclaimed children’s novels, and it’s always nice to see an actor writing their own material. The cast is stacked with recognizable TV faces like Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Allie Grant (“Subugatory”), Allison Janney (“The West Wing”), Ashley Richards (“Awkward”), and Angela Kinsey (“The Office”), as well as Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect”) and Dermot Mulroney. The film’s plot seems reminiscent of last year’s little-seen “Beware the Gonzo,” not meant to be taken entirely seriously but likely to provide a good deal of entertainment. Its January release date suggests that it will be light, but I also assume that it will be quite popular, if not a must-see movie.

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