Comedies are rarely taken seriously at the awards, but “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” could make a mild bid for the top prize. A decent cast with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro are in the spotlight here in a film that appears to fall into the “Comedy / Drama” genre and guarantees to have a feel-good ending. Generally that is a recipe for disaster and probably will be the downfall for this film again this year. This looks like the top Fall “date movie” in a sense.
“BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD” is another film that will make its mark this Fall. Set in the Southern Delta, the film appears to move from realism to fantasy as our protagonist (a six-year old girl – Quvenzhane Wallis) begins to encounter pre-historic beasts in a possible dream-state…yet that is to be determined. The film does appear somewhat original and creative, but is this really something that the Academy is going to vote for? Doubtful, but it may be in the running longer than we think.
I was quite shocked to see the cast line-up for “MOONRISE KINGDOM” – a Wes Anderson film that is being released in the upcoming months. The likes of Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray and Harvey Keitel are all present along with Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. This is indeed a formidable cast, but is it overkill? The film is a simply love story set on the East Coast during the 1960’s. The film promises to be in the running for the “Cinematography” award this coming March and the screenplay may also be considered as well as the Direction. This one is a grab-bag, and it will take a viewing on the big screen before any serious commentary can be made. It looks like hit or miss at this point.
There are indeed other films such as “The Teleportation Accident”, “The Trouble with the Curve”, "Life of Pi", "The Great Gatsby" and “Hyde Park on