17 March 2009

Trailer: Away We Go

Via Awards Daily comes to us this smart-looking little trailer for the early summer release Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes, whom - despite his overly-cosmetized portrait of suburban fracturing that was his late last year's Revolutionary Road - we here still hold in considerably high regard. The film, which features an all-star cast that includes some of the greatest indie actors working today (e. g., Maggie Gyllenhaal, Alison Janney, Jeff Daniels, Catherine O'Hara) as well as two solid-looking performances from its leads (i. e., Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski), is co-written interestingly by Dave Eggers, the screenwriter who is also responsible for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the popular children's book Where the Wild Things Are (Sendak, 1964; an adaptation being directed - f. y. i. - by the talented Spike Jones [see his presentation of Charlie Kaufman's Adaptation. (2002)]). The film also quite interestingly has been shot by the cinematographer Ellen Kuras, whose brilliant work on Mr. Kaufman's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) practically defined the work as an introspective beauty playing on the interstice between the light and the dark. Similarly styled lighting may be seen in this trailer here, for Away We Go, and should no doubt bring not only reminiscences of the cinematographer's earlier work but also natural, aural hues and tones that will embellish and set this new release in a similar border between clarity and obscurity. All in all, I'm very excited about this collaboration and its prospects and eagerly look forward to its release, reported as limited on the first Friday in June. Cheers for summer!




A quick P. S.: The usage of music in this trailer seems directly relevant to the topic of my previous post, on the impact of musical cues in trailers, in which coincidentally the trailer for Mr. Mendes' last work (i. e., Revolutionary Road) is discussed as a primary example. Coincidence much, anyone? I think not.

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