Monday, April 30, 2012

Darling Companion (Looks Awful and Good)

Darling Companion Movie Poster
I few weeks back I saw my first preview for Darling Companion staring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline.

Within the same preview, I had the thought that

  1. This looks absolutely awful - low budget, Diane Keaton's batting average has to be one of the worst recently, and how many clips in the preview will show Kevin Kline looking for a lost dog.
  2. This looks like something I would really like - It looks like a simple human story, the longer I watch this preview, the more I can see how it might have a touching appeal, and did they just say "Lawrence Kasdan?" because for all the reasons this movie looks awful, it reminds me of Grand Canyon which for some reason I think is a great film, despite it's trite moments.
Honestly, there's no need to even watch the preview. I think what I've captured here all comes out in the poster. And if you need a little more to capture my thoughts, the summary on at this moment really captures the preview as well: "The story of a woman who loves her dog more than her husband. And then her husband loses the dog."

Somehow I think that 2012 will look less favorably on this film than his has Kasdan's previous critical successes because it certainly seems to hark back to a style of The Big Chill and Grand Canyon, both successes in their respective decades (the eighties and nineties), and while I find this film a refreshing addition to the film calendar, I have a feeling based on some early festival reviews that most critics opt for a less than awe-struck review.

But a story about people (even a family pet) instead of super heroes, vigilantes, or a lorax seems like something that at a minimum is worth the dollar at a red box. 

1 comment:

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