Wednesday, December 20, 2006

May Venus Be More Than Just O'Toole

The other day when I saw the Queen I saw my first preview for Venus. All I've heard about the movie before I saw the preview was Peter O'Toole, Peter O'Toole, Peter O'Toole...etc. And a little about the plot.

But watching the preview it reminded me a little bit of Lost In Translation in feel and them, with a comic british tone of Notting Hill. (Of Course, Roger Mitchell directed both Venus and Notting Hill).

The preview leads me to think that this film has a lot of potential, and yet, the Golden Globes only nominated O'Toole, and even Notting Hill received three globe nods. Obviously, Golden Globe nods are not the berrometer of good films, but so many people have mentioned little comments about this year being a week year for films, and yet so many films with potential are being completly ignored. Is that all these films have been...full of potential without substance?

When Venus goes into limited release this weekend, I am hopeful that it will be a cheery enjoyable film that will not just be a Peter O'Toole 8th award nomination (and potentially his first win, apart from his honary award in 2003)...but rather this would also be a film that people enjoy watching and talking about.

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JW said...

I saw the preview for this today in front of "Letters From Iwo Jima" (which, off-topic, is about a million times better than "Flags of Our Fathers").

I don't know why, but something about it seemed really off. Like it is going to be a fairly bland juxtoposition-of-unlikely-friends comedy of the week... like I got the exact same vibe that I got when I saw the trailer for "Mrs. Palfrey at the Clairmont" from awhile back.

Thats not saying that it is going to be bad, I just don't think the trailer was very good. I'd like to see O'Toole give a great performance and win because well, its a sad world when Lawrence of Arabia has no Oscar.

general125 said...

Peter O'Tool is a great actor, and I've loved him in just about everything he's done, even King Ralph.