After a long break our reconnaissance team is back in action. This time we've got a new Wes Anderson film, another take on the Snow White story, and a Parisian cartoon about a secret cat. Stay tuned for pictures, trailers, and more!
The Story: A pair of 12-year-olds fall in love and flee their New England home. A rag-tag, quirky team of rescuers attempt to find them and bring them home.
The Filmmakers: Directed by Wes Anderson and starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDorman, and Jason Schwartzman.
The Status: Locked on Target. Wes Anderson is one of the most creative filmmakers working today. His films all have a unique visual style and a quirkiness that announces the director's presence whenever you watch one of his movies. This is both a blessing and a curse as his movies are both distinctive and in some ways they come out looking all the same. To tell the truth I had become kind of bored with his films by the time he rolled out The Darjeeling Limited, but his take on Roald Dahl's The Fantastic Mr. Fox with its claymation made me a fan all over again. This one has me both very excited and a little more than leery. From the trailers the two kids feel a little like Max Fisher in Rushmore and the adults all feel more or less like all adults do in a Wes Anderson movie. The film certainly has the look of Anderson and the quirkiness seems to be running amok. I'll definitely be watching it because I'm still ready to believe Anderson is capable of making great films, but I'll also remain just a bit skeptical.
Clip: "I'm Deputizing the Little Guy"
Clip: New Penzance with Bob Balaban Part 1: Bill Murray
Snow White & The Huntsman
The Story: Snow White is the only person in the world that is fairer than the Queen, which irks the Queen to the point of murderous rage. What she doesn't know is that Snow White has been training with the Huntsman so that she can kill the Queen.
The Filmmakers: Directed by Rupert Sanders, and stars Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, and Kristen Stewart
Staus: On the Radar. This year is going to see at least two adaptations of the Snow White tale. There was the Tarsem-directed, Julia Roberts vehicle Mirror Mirror and now there's this take. I'm not sure the story really needed anymore than the Disney version to tell it, but this has at least some potential to be good. I'll wait on the reviews before I think about considering it.
Video for Florence and the Machine's "Breath of Life" featuring scenes from the movie:
A Cat In Paris
The Story: Animated film about a a cat that leads a double life. By day, he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a police officer. By night, he works with Nico, a burglar with a big heart.
The Filmmakers: Directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol with voices supplied by a bunch of French actors I've never heard of.
Status: On the Radar. We're pretty big fans of animation and French films around here, and this one was nominated for an Oscar so its a pretty good bet we'll watch it eventually, but its got a pretty limited run so it may take awhile.