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‘The Ides of March’ trailer

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:47 pm · July 27th, 2011

George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” is set for a Venice premiere in September. It may or may not make it to Telluride, but in any case, I’ve been hearing lately that Evan Rachel Wood and Philip Seymour Hoffman are killer in the film. (Marisa Tomei, I’m told, doesn’t figure in as much.) Anyway, judging by the new trailer at Yahoo! Movies, it has me at “Hello.” We might be talking about this one throughout the season.




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  • 1 7-27-2011 at 8:48 pm

    Speaking English said...

    There’s also a poster that’s been released today. Pretty nifty.

  • 2 7-27-2011 at 8:53 pm

    Thomas said...

    I’ll be seeing that. Wow.

  • 3 7-27-2011 at 8:59 pm

    Monica said...

    Looks good.

  • 4 7-27-2011 at 9:01 pm

    McAllister said...

    Can Jeffrey Wright please be killer in this and get some love finally?

  • 5 7-27-2011 at 9:18 pm

    K.A. said...

    Any word on how Gosling fares?

  • 6 7-27-2011 at 9:30 pm

    mitchell said...

    Gosling shot for a nom? I think yes.

  • 7 7-27-2011 at 9:59 pm

    Andrej said...

    Top tier casting here. Even if it only fares decently enough, I could see it getting a SAG ensemble nod based on star power alone.

    Nevertheless, it looks pretty solid. Goes to my list of most anticipated films. ☺

  • 8 7-27-2011 at 10:01 pm

    Mitchell said...

    Oh great, now there’s another poster with the same name as me.

    That was a great trailer, though.

  • 9 7-27-2011 at 10:27 pm

    arjay said...

    Beware the Ides of March.

  • 10 7-27-2011 at 10:56 pm

    The Great Dane said...

    Interesting that Wood of all people in the cast gets the “And” billing. If it’s not because it’s the smallest part (and it sure as hell doesn’t look like a female lead), maybe it’s because there is more to the part than we’re supposed to think. Anyway, interesting…

  • 11 7-27-2011 at 11:44 pm

    mitchell said...

    Don’t worry Mitch, my mother named me with a lower case ‘m’

  • 12 7-28-2011 at 1:48 am

    Ide Cyan said...

    Lots of talent in the cast, but this is a snoozefest of a trailer.

  • 13 7-28-2011 at 1:55 am

    Paul said...

    I would love to see Evan Rachel Wood with an Oscar nomination… But anyways, this looks excellent. Perhaps Clooney will score double nominations (leading for The Descendants, supporting for this). Hell, maybe they’ll throw in direcotr and he’ll score triple nominations. Could be an exciting year for Clooney.

  • 14 7-28-2011 at 1:56 am

    Paul said...

    Mind the typo – *director

  • 15 7-28-2011 at 3:41 am

    Moviehobbyist said...

    Looks brilliant but it’s gonna be the one that’ll peak too early, I feel.

  • 16 7-28-2011 at 4:39 am

    Edwin Drood said...

    I’ve been anticipating a raftload of nominations (starting with picture, actor [Gosling], director and screenplay) for this film since its release date was announced…

  • 17 7-28-2011 at 4:46 am

    Brock Landers said...

    Wow this looks fucking good.

  • 18 7-28-2011 at 4:53 am

    m1 said...

    This looks pretty interesting. Also, isn’t the Ides of March the day that Julius Caesar was killed? I wonder why this movie bears the same name.

    On another note, Jerry Maguire reference FTW.

  • 19 7-28-2011 at 5:38 am

    JJ1 said...

    The trailer is good (hooks you). I think it’ll hook a lot of casual movie goers, too (like me dad).

    The movie looks good, as well. Can’t tell if it’ll be OMG-good or just really stellar.

    I could see possible nominations for :
    Pic, Dir (Clooney), Actor (Gosling), S. Actor (PSH), S. Actress (Wood), Writing, Editing.

    Potential SAG ensemble nom, etc..

    But all that’s if the film is as good as it appears.

  • 20 7-28-2011 at 7:41 am

    John G said...

    Great Dane: I noticed the “And” thing too. Usually that’s where the respected character actor in a supporting role goes – I would have expected Phillip Seymour Hoffman or Paul Giamatti in this cast, not Wood.

  • 21 7-28-2011 at 8:00 am

    Drew said...

    Looks awesome. Probably not the “thriller” it’s being marketted as and the topical timley subject may not bring in a big audience, at least not outside of the coasts, but it feels like it could be a fantastic political potboiler.

  • 22 7-28-2011 at 8:41 am

    mitchell said...

    I actually had no idea the “thriller” side of the picture was in the picture at all. I honestly thought we were getting timely political satire. So I’m pretty excited right now

  • 23 7-28-2011 at 8:50 am

    John G said...

    Also, I’m sure most people have figured this out by now, but:
    Clooney = Caesar
    Gosling = Brutus
    Giamatti = Cassius

    Hence “The Ides of March.”

  • 24 7-28-2011 at 9:09 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Much, much more exciting than that horrendous trailer for The Descendants, which I’m feeling increasingly negative about. (We’ll see if Toronto dispels or substantiates those feelings.) This was a nice trailer though–full of mystery.

    I could see either Tomei or Wood impressing–love Tomei, and she just keeps getting better. But it’d be nice for Wood to get recognized as well, since she was mostly (not totally) overlooked for Thirteen.

    Gosling has three good movies this year it seems, so I hope he scores a nod–after the snubbage of last year, he deserves it!

    Hoffman seems great here, but I’m still bugged by him getting two undeserving supporting actor nominations. (Although he was amazing in The Savages in 2007, at least, so it’s semi-comforting.) So part of me is hoping that Giamatti or even Wright turn out to be more worthy. We’ll see.

    And I’d rather Clooney get directing/writing noms for this, and The Descendants to go completely overlooked. That’s what it deserves for trying to replicate and fuse Up in the Air and Sideways.

  • 25 7-28-2011 at 9:41 am

    SC said...

    “Hell, maybe they’ll throw in direcotr and he’ll score triple nominations.”

    Clooney could actually get as many as five: the three you mention (Director, Actor, Supporting Actor) and Picture and Screenplay, since he’s both producing and co-writing “The Ides of March”.

  • 26 7-28-2011 at 9:55 am

    m1 said...

    23-Ah, okay. I’m not exactly a history expert, so thanks for clearing that up!

    I actually like the idea of famous historical events being modernized for the purpose of filmmaking. Hopefully we’ll see more of such films.

  • 27 7-28-2011 at 9:57 am

    m1 said...

    24-You’ve seen The Descendants?

  • 28 7-28-2011 at 10:46 am

    Raymond said...

    Gosling needs to get in this year. The preview looks fantastic and it’s surprising how much it focuses on him as opposed to Clooney.
    Marisa Tomei is on fire at a stage of her career where most actresses are barely working or have moved to TV (what happened to Mira Sorvino who won around the time she did in the same category also for a comedic performance?), I’d love to see her get back in, but Evan Rachel Wood was brilliant in Mildred Pierce and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her get in for this (hoping she gets that Supporting Actress Emmy which would definitely help her case as an award-worthy actress, she already has that lead actress SAG nod after all).
    I’m tired of Philip Seymour Hoffman, he can be great but I also think he can be way too actor-y, that’s how he was in Doubt and to me he looks the same here, like every word that comes out of his character’s mouth is too carefully studied. I’m rooting for Jeffrey Wright on this one. Either way, film looks wonderful.

  • 29 7-28-2011 at 11:04 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    This looks super boring. In all the right ways.

  • 30 7-28-2011 at 11:12 am

    Dana Jones said...

    Wow. Just wow.

    Leonardo DiCaprio is an exec producer on this film? Ha random but nice to know that my two favorite actors (Gosling and DiCaprio) are somehow collaborating on the same film together :) Now only if we could get them face-to-face…

  • 31 7-28-2011 at 11:24 am

    redcup said...

    Back when it was first being developed into a film in 2007, DiCaprio and Clooney were attached to star and co-produce. Obviously, Gosling stepped in for DiCaprio, while the latter actor retained his producing credit.

  • 32 7-28-2011 at 11:26 am

    Drew said...

    Dana: I think Dicaprio was originally suppose to play the Gosling role in this and just stayed on as Producer.

  • 33 7-28-2011 at 11:27 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Or face-on-face. ;)

    @Raymond: I’m glad you seem to share my sentiments on a lot of aspects here, such as Tomei, but especially PSH. “Too actory” is basically the description that fits. He was great in Capote, The Savages, and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, but ugh. Charlie Wilson’s War was a horrible movie, and his performance was forgettable and useless. I’m hoping he only got nominated as a cumulative nod to his other, superior 2007 performances.

    As for Doubt, I completely agree. Very “I’m shouting so you know how angry I am!!”, ick. Neither he nor Amy Adams (love her in general, and she was underrated here, but still) should’ve received noms, but momentum was behind the full cast recognition. It’s a shame, because Rosemarie DeWitt was wrongfully snubbed (the best supporting actress performance, imo), and some other guy definitely should’ve taken PSH’s place. I’d have loved James Franco, moreso for Pineapple Express (but Milk was more likely). However, Eddie Marsan would’ve been great as well. Or Aaron Eckhart, even. Pity.

    @m1: Of course not. Just sharing a gut instinct. I have several every season, and sometimes they pan out, such as Love and Other Drugs last year. *Shrugs* I could see it going either way with TD, but the screenplay just seems SO awful, that I’m hoping people aren’t schmoozed. His older daughter’s lines, in particular, are atrocious. Payne may have chosen some terrible writing partners–which I hate saying, since I love Community.

  • 34 7-28-2011 at 11:44 am

    John G said...

    m1- I think it’s less historical than it is Shakespeare. And I don’t expect that those parallels will play heavily into the film; it just makes a snazzy title with a subtext of betrayal.

    Raymond – Isn’t is incredible that people once accused Marisa Tomei of winning her Oscar by accident? My Cousin Vinny is one of my all time favorite movies and glad to see Tomei still proving those naysayers wrong.

    James D – Community sucks.

  • 35 7-28-2011 at 11:49 am

    The Other James D. said...

    @John G.: Exactly. And a fourth Marisa Tomei nomination would be yet again further substantiation. She deserves being an Oscar-winning actress.

    And bitchplease. Community is one of the best comedies on TV, along with Parks and Recreation. The Office sucks now, 30 Rock is losing its mojo, everything on CBS sucks, and if Glee counts as a comedy, it’s the shittiest specimen in existence now that According to Jim was put out to pasture mercifully several years back.

  • 36 7-28-2011 at 12:19 pm

    Drew said...

    @Other James D.-Showy as it maybe to you, that was a very tricky performance for any actor to give when considering the characters position and deciding what his involvement actually was to the incident at hand. No matter what his involvement was, it takes a careful and nuanced amount of work to never indicate that involvement one way or the other. As for the “actory” stuff, his character is a pastor delivering sermons during a pivitol point in American history. I think a little charisma and theatricality are prequsites for that position and circumstance. I’ll take a performance of passion and intensity over someone so subdued to the point of mumbling lines.

  • 37 7-28-2011 at 12:31 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    I’m not a fan of mumbling either, as you say, haha. I have disdain for either extreme. I think the best performance often are found somewhere in between the two. Yes, passion and intensity is great. I love many an explosive performance that shakes us to the core, and gives us chills (which did not happen here). But there’s a difference between a nuanced performance that builds up to that climactic moment and something that just begins at the maximum decibel and attempts to break the sound barrier unnecessarily.

    While that character was tricky, it was still a poorly conceived portrayal, imo. I think it required more vulnerability in spots. (I’m not even suggesting it was a bad performance, just overdone and not Oscar-worthy.) And his character wasn’t a traveling evangelist/faux-healer. He was a priest in a parochial school. So he wasn’t asked to do his best Elmer Gantry.

  • 38 7-28-2011 at 1:13 pm

    Drew said...

    Well, we must have seen a different movie, or maybe a different performance, but from the second he calmly asks the audience to ponder the films thesis, I was hooked and did my ear drum was still intact. And when he later defined gossip in a fantastic monolouge I certainly got chills as it added to the cahracter strength and perseverance against a system that feared change. Just because he wasn’t Eli Sunday didn’t mean that he needed go to extremes, especially while going toe to toe with Streep. I think more vulnerability would’ve onyl indicated his level of action or non-action in an unseen event.

  • 39 7-28-2011 at 2:11 pm

    m1 said...

    35-Cougar Town is a really good show as well.

  • 40 7-28-2011 at 4:23 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Tomei really is one of the best working actresses today. She was incredible in ‘Cyrus’… it’s a real shame the film was completely overlooked during awards season. But I did think she pretty bland and/or underused in ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’. In any case, this doesn’t look to be a film that showcases her talent. It looks more like a Gosling/Clooney/PSH show and I’m perfectly okay with that.

  • 41 7-28-2011 at 7:26 pm

    Keith said...

    Wow. Looks damn good. Hard to tell this from a trailer, but the writing and directing both look promising. The acting almost goes without saying. Can’t wait. Pulling for Ryan to get a nod. Long odds, but hoping he can do it.

  • 42 7-28-2011 at 7:57 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***Community is one of the best comedies on TV, along with Parks and Recreation. The Office sucks now, 30 Rock is losing its mojo, everything on CBS sucks, and if Glee counts as a comedy, it’s the shittiest specimen in existence now that According to Jim was put out to pasture mercifully several years back.***

    Er… “Modern Family” anyone?

  • 43 7-28-2011 at 7:58 pm

    Speaking English said...

    And I mean that as an example of a good comedy on television now. Good is really an understatement though. It’s fantastic.

  • 44 7-29-2011 at 3:45 am

    Squasher88 said...

    I love how they managed to make Marisa Tomei look so plain. Can’t wait to see this.

  • 45 7-29-2011 at 3:45 am

    Squasher88 said...

    And the cast seems so perfect for the various roles.

  • 46 7-29-2011 at 8:49 am

    Maxim said...

    Pretty good trailer. PSH looks like he had given that performance before though.

  • 47 7-29-2011 at 7:16 pm

    Raymond said...

    @Maxim, couldn’t agree more with you re Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance. That’s pretty much how I felt watching this preview. I also feel he pronounces every word as if he is giving the most important speech ever written, to me it just feels like Philip Seymour Hoffman playing a character.
    @The Other James D, I definitely agree that Hoffman was brilliant in those performances, he was thrilling to watch in The Savages (opposite the equally marvelous but insanely underrated Laura Linney…even though she got the nomination so I shouldn’t complain), and in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (curiously enough opposite Marisa Tomei who looks like she’s 100% committed to the role judging from the preview). But being someone who’s really familiar with Doubt as a stage version, I felt Hoffman was not only terribly miscast but his performance was so put on I could just not buy it.
    @John G, I can’t believe anyone ever doubted Tomei’s Oscar, I think it’s as worthy an Oscar performance as the best of them. Just because it’s a comedy it doesn’t mean she didn’t nail the part, perhaps the part wasn’t Oscar-worthy in itself but she elevated the material. That’s the kind of actress she is and it’s great that she is being recognized for it at this point in her career, I feel that for the longest time she was in fact being punished for having won an Oscar for My Cousin Vinny!

  • 48 7-29-2011 at 9:20 pm

    Jack Weil said...

    Looks good- reminds me of a novel I just recently read about politics and journalism, The Nostalgist.

  • 49 7-30-2011 at 3:18 am

    Shawn said...

    Hoffman totally deserved the Oscar for Doubt. He was nominated for more than a half dozen awards in that category because his performance was impressive, subtle and well-crafted.

    In my opinion Hoffman was over-exposed for a while so it’s to be expected that some film buffs would tire of him. (Familiarity breeds contempt.) Doubt, however, is not one of the films he shouldn’t have made. It’s up there with the Savages.

  • 50 7-30-2011 at 5:59 am

    The Other James D. said...

    SUBTLE?!

    And bullsh*t. Ledger should’ve won for Brokeback Mountain as it is. But I understood why Hoffman won. However, not even if Hoffman’s performance shouted the cancer out of everyone’s bodies would he have been more deserving of an Oscar than Ledger. You have a brilliant, intuitive, unforgettable performance like his in The Dark Knight….And then you have Hoffman’s completely unsubtle, surface-level histrionic stage acting.

    No comparison. Joker pwns pedopriest.

  • 51 7-30-2011 at 8:08 am

    Shawn said...

    @The Other James D

    What makes you so sure Father Flynn was a “pedopriest”? Far be it me from to suggest your subtlety detector could use a little fine-tuning, but I have a hunch that much of what you know about Father Flynn you know because Hoffman wanted you to know it.

    Ennis was a great portrayal and as much as Hoffman’s Capote was masterful, I wouldn’t have begrudged Ledger a win over Hoffman that year, but Father Flynn was a better performance than the Joker. I’ll give Ledger credit for making the Joker less campy than he could have been, but it was still a little arch–you know, a villain in a comic book movie and all that. Flynn, on the other hand, may or may not have been a villain. One is invited to doubt the accusation. Furthermore, Flynn embodies values which we are asked to regard, for a time, as ambivalent, even though we may be naturally disposed to associate them with either good or evil. If you do come to the conclusion that Flynn is a pedophile, it should make you very uncomfortable. It should make you question your core beliefs. In the hands of a lesser talent, Flynn might have been either too sympathetic or, conversely, too creepy. Hoffman sustained the ambivalence long enough and adroitly enough to permit a healthy interrogation of societal values and existential truths. And, of course, he did all this in partnership with Streep, whose Sister Aloysius, despite the fact that she raises her voice and gets angry, is also subtly brought to life. We learn to appreciate the depths of her character through an attitude of concerned, compassionate skepticism that Hoffman, as much as Streep, calls for.

  • 52 7-30-2011 at 8:11 am

    Drew said...

    Wow, you just lost your shit James lol. Personally I felt that Michael Shannon deserved that Oscar more than Ledger did. As inventive Ledger was, it was Shannon’s work that was much more frightening and effective with less screen time and less actory than Ledger was at tiems. Ledger’s performance is also that example of an actor who lost control and destroyed themselves for their art.

  • 53 7-30-2011 at 8:15 am

    Drew said...

    Yup Shawn nailed it.

  • 54 7-30-2011 at 8:22 am

    The Other James D. said...

    @Drew: And I’m not even a specific Ledger fanboy! I respect your affection for Shannon’s performance, although it did nothing for me personally. Actually, if you wanna talk about “actory” performances, I think Shannon’s by far exceeds both Ledger’s and Hoffman’s in that department. So many tics and whatnot. Yet I don’t deride him for it, or take points off. It was effective enough, and better than Hoffman.

    You should stop penalizing actors for their approaches, and focus on the actual results. Although some factors may have contributed, his performance shouldn’t be docked points because he died. Neither should Gosling’s or Bale’s brilliant performances from last year be disregarded, simply for their approach to their art.

  • 55 7-30-2011 at 8:35 am

    The Other James D. said...

    @Shawn: “Pedopriest” was a comment made in jest. It has nothing to do with what I believe was conveyed about his character’s guilt or innocence. And his character potentially being a pedophile has absolutely no bearing on my perception of his performance.

    Father Flynn was only better than Joker in your opinion, just as in my opinion, it is vice-versa. Objectively speaking, The Joker is by far the more memorable and legendary performance though, and still would have been if Ledger had not died. The cultural impact was simply maximized by that tragedy.

    You also belittle his character and performance for being in a “comic book movie”, despite it being such a film that elevated above that genre artistically. Yet I can and will easily do the same, by referring to Hoffman’s character and performance as a component of a glorified off-Broadway show. Moreover, while Hoffman did a decent job in maintaining ambivalence, there’s more to an acting performance. The dialogue delivery is highly significant, and he went overboard with it. It was bombastic and histrionic, as if he was more concerned with reading each line with force than on speaking the thoughts of his character in those moments. I felt a disconnect, which was mainly what caused his performance to suffer as a result.

    Raymond, I invite you to contribute to this debate when you have the chance. You saw the original play? I’m curious for you to elaborate on what you said farther up about his misguided portrayal.

  • 56 7-30-2011 at 9:00 am

    Afrika said...

    George Clooney playing George Clooney once again. How exciting *yawns*

    Philip Seymour Hoffman playing Philip Seymour Hoffman once again and of course, the fan boys will eat it up like fresh pie. If this was Meryl Streep, she would have been slapped with a billion “hammy performance” accusations. What else is new?

  • 57 7-30-2011 at 9:12 am

    Drew said...

    When the approach causes harm to someone else James that’s when I’m not able to suspend by disbelief therefore fail to see the realistic impression that the performer was striving for. Instead I feel as though I’m watching something exploitive and self-destructive and in some cases borderline pornographic. Shannon’s ticks feel more character appropriate for a brutally honest and volatile protrayal than Ledger’s more look at me look at me moments in Dark Knight. There’s also been this gross misconception about method acting from guys like Bale and unfortunatley Ledger as well.

  • 58 7-30-2011 at 9:27 am

    m1 said...

    Speaking of the 2008 Best Supp. Actor race, no love for Josh Brolin? He was so great in Milk that I actually wanted to see his character onscreen more in that film.

  • 59 7-30-2011 at 10:20 am

    Drew said...

    m1: Loved Brolin in Milk as well as Downey in Tropic Thunder. And I think we’ve covered each supporting actor nominee lol. I would actually put the latter above Ledger’s work as well. But that’s just me.

    For anyone interested, here’s a fine article that sort of sums up the current state “method” acting.http://www.safd.org/tce/07-2011/abuse-job

  • 60 7-30-2011 at 12:16 pm

    Raymond said...

    @Shawn, I completely respect your opinion because we all have different perceptions about these sort of thing but I have to say that the last word I’d use to describe Hoffman’s performance in Doubt is “subtle.” I thought he was hammy to no end, particularly in the last scene where he confuses a high-stakes fight and turns it into a screaming match instead. If you notice Streep’s performance during that scene (and I don’t think this ranks as Streep’s subtlest performance by any means), she’s screaming and fighting too but her mannerisms and her looks convey a certain kind of depth to her take on the role that I never saw in Hoffman’s performance.
    In terms of my comments regarding Hoffman being miscast, in the play Father Flynn is truly a question mark, he’s incredibly sweet and charismatic and smart, but he’s also someone with an edge. Casting Hoffman immediately tips the scale because he’s not someone who comes off as sweet or charismatic; some of his best performances have been playing people who have dubious intentions or who are just plain assholes (again I’m thinking of The Savages, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Talented Mr.Ripley, Cold Mountain, Capote, etc). You are supposed to genuinely believe that Sister Aloysious could be in the wrong here. Hoffman comes across as creepy and like a moralizing, manipulative man from the first sermon on. The scene where he is laughing and making some obnoxious joke about fat women doesn’t help either (though I blame this more on John Patrick Shanley’s mediocre adaptation of his own fantastic play). And shouting every word as if everything is at stake including in scenes where he’s supposed to be low key like the scene where they are discussing the Christmas pageant is a misconceived approach, IMO. I thought Amy Adams was subtle, Hoffman was chewing the scenery all around him and hurting the dilemma that drives the play and should have been at the center of the film.
    I thought Ledger was great but really my favorite supporting actor performance that year was by Emile Hirsch in Milk who couldn’t even land a nod. Either way, I think Hoffman looks hammy as hell in this and completely agree with those who said that if this was Streep we were talking about everyone would be jumping in saying how hammy she is.

  • 61 8-01-2011 at 2:40 am

    Shawn said...

    Jack Nicholson was a memorable Joker, but he was arguably more memorable as Colonel Nathan Jessep, a role for which he received an Oscar nomination. As much as I appreciate Nolan’s films, and as much as I prefer cinema to theatre, I recognize that the category of “glorified off-Broadway film adaptations that may be just a little stagey” is rife with great acting performances, while such performances are relatively scarce in the category of comic book superhero adaptations. This isn’t particularly surprising, and shouldn’t be controversial. I don’t mean to belittle the actors who bring comic book heroes and villains to life, but by many measures, such as number of lines, characters in stage plays are more demanding and more complex. When done well, they’re typically more engaging. I certainly feel that way about Father Flynn in particular.

    This weekend a former Catholic told me that she instantly recognized Hoffman’s Flynn as a type: the pompous priest. Well, I don’t have those same experiences, but it does seem to me that the character’s pompousness should not be held against the actor. To the contrary, I feel Hoffman did an excellent job of portraying a pompous jerk who may or may not have been a monster, and I wouldn’t lump pompousness in with general villainy, or the other kinds of jerks Hoffman has played. Pompousness is a very specific character flaw that may be paired with recognizable virtues. In any case, Hoffman presented a character and a worldview and, for a short time, defended them admirably against an onslaught by Streep.

    I kind of understand those who were creeped out, irritated or turned off by Hoffman in this role early on in the story, but I felt some sympathy for Flynn and a reluctance to judge him until the very end (and even then…). Surely others must have had similar reactions, or Hoffman wouldn’t have been nominated for so many awards.

  • 62 8-01-2011 at 8:05 am

    The Other James D. said...

    He was nominated as part of the momentum for the film as a whole. And he never won for any of them.

    I still stand by Raymond’s assessment: he failed to portray the character properly.

    And being “creeped out, irritated, or turned off by” has no effect in how I interpret and perceive a performance or role, particularly if that is supposed to be the effect of said character. Not every character needs to have sympathy to be considered a brilliant performance by the one acting. If anything, I love performances in spite of feeling repulsed by their characters….That is, when they’re done well.

  • 63 8-03-2011 at 8:37 pm

    DylanS said...

    I say this as a George Clooney fan, but with the opening bit on the plane, the second he opened his mouth I thought “What’s Ryan Bingham doing in this movie?” This does look like a good example of a film where he’s playing to his strengths as an actor and not trying to stretch his limited range, like “The Descendants”.

  • 64 8-03-2011 at 8:42 pm

    DylanS said...

    Also, I had Evan Rachel-Wood pegged to be great in this before the trailer. Not sure why, but with the actual footage out, not to mention Kris’ blurb above, I’m feeling more confident about that.