Monday, December 8, 2008

The Reader: Fiennes and Dandy

The Reader: Trailer 1 @ Apple Trailers

Another trailer/movie today adapted from another best-selling novel (as is the trend for risk averse producers these days; more on that another time), this time about Post-World War II Germany. The excellent, and still mind bogglingly un-Oscar'd, Ralph Fiennes co-stars with Kate Winslet.

The story looks like it proceeds in a retrospective style with the main character, Fiennes, recounting his struggle as an adolescent to reconcile his love for a woman with the horrible things she did. I'm generally biased to this format when it comes to telling stories that the audience is already familiar with as it just makes for a more interesting narrative. The acting from both Fiennes and Winslet looks superb; a slipup in that department would really surprise me. The muted, washed out colors of the cinematography fit with the theme and some of the stills from the trailer alone look wonderful. The only thing that I could possibly see killing it off is the theme of moral ambivalence that is near the end of the trailer. Not that i'm against complex movies, they're just more difficult to pull off.

I don't think anyone is holding their breath for this to break any box office records, but I expect it to get good critical acclaim.

TrailerHound Previction: 80%

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