My wife just watched Fargo for the first time the other night with me. I thought it would help her make a decision about whether or not she'd be interested in seeing No Country For Old Men.
Liking Fargo a great deal, Kim says to me, "Why hasn't there been any good movie dramas like this come out this year yet?" She then went on to list Hotel Rwanda and The Motorcycle Diaries as favorite movies of hers from a couple years back that she couldn't find any parallels to in the films she's seen this year.
The openness to this years Best Picture race was in essence, annoying to my wife. She wanted to know what "the big Academy movies were." We discussed the potentials for Atonement, The Kite Runner, There Will Be Blood, and reminder of movies that she liked this year, namely Zodiac, Michael Clayton, Hot Fuzz, Hairspray, Ratatouille and Gone Baby Gone.
To which she responded to each with some degree of affirmation that she enjoyed these movies. To which point she reminded me how much she particularly liked Zodiac & Michael Clayton and would be fine if they got a lot of awards (but my Academy-savvy as wife has become also realized Zodiac didn't have a prayer due to early release...look how smart she is!)
Nathanial R at The Film Experience wrote a great post about American Gangster, and Russel Crowe's more interesting role. Yet in it, he degenerates to mention that currently American Gangster is ranked #24 so far in US Box Office, and is the only dramatic film so far in the top 50. Just outside of the top 50 currently sit The Brave One, Freedom Writers, Zodiac, and Michael Clayton.
In the past week I was seeing that many of this years dramas are failing and that many of this years Oscar nominatable actresses are appearing in comedies and musicals not dramas.
We're certainly not out of 2007 yet, and there are many films I'm looking forward to seeing. But it's hard to know what to make of this years lack of traditional drama films.
Any explinations out there? Are your current 2007 favorites drama free?