Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Chéri Gets a Trailer

Light and frothy... more Mrs. Henderson Presents than Dangerous Liaisons as the Stephen Frears oeuvre goes.



The book has a comic edge to be a sure. This much of one? It didn't read that way to me but Colette's prose is a flexible beauty.

Rupert Friend doesn't register much in this particular trailer but Kath & Chelle look like they're having some fun with it. Best bet for Oscar nominations? I'd say Costume Design first, Kathy Bates second. One of Michelle Pfeiffer's hats actually made me gasp. If you just watched this video you already know which one.

31 comments:

mrripley said...

bates looks terrific but no noms i feel acting wise,seemed a bit like the duchess from the trailer keira was nod worthy in that but frothier,surprised pfieffer was not strong in the trailer what say you nat!

is it really gonna be a 3rd oscar for swank or 2nd for berry actresses usually win their 2 nd within 10 yrs and berrys time is nearly up or will streep win for a comedy.

Anonymous said...

is this a comedy'?????????????

Cal said...

It does seem very light. Not a hint of drama anywhere. That could make it kinda forgettable but we'll see. Stranger things have happened.

I love the hat too.

Hayden said...

Running through that courtyard in all black with that black feathered hat? Oh god. Put me in that theater today.

Hayden said...

This is so amazing. Even if it doesn't turn into Pfeiffer's Oscar vehicle, who would have thought we'd see her headlining a project like this? This is the type of project we DREAM about for our favorite non-Meryl actresses in the over 45 club.

And the fact that she's reteaming with Frears is just...delicious. This is a miraculous film and I haven't even seen it.

Anonymous said...

From the trailer Kathy Bates looks GREAT!

NoNo said...

It looks like it could go the way of The Duchess or Marie Antoinette. The costumes look gorgeous but I think I would did if the Oscar went to a period piece from around that era for the fourth year in a row.

NoNo said...

even though this takes place in the 1920s

billybil said...

Ohhh that black lace hat!!!

Mr. Friend does not seem like a boy Ms. Pfeiffer would bother with but, I suppose, when that's all you've got...

I like the feel of the movie, very playfully sexual. And I do agree Ms. Bates looks wonderful (could be a nomination depending on if she ever gets a fierce moment).

I am afraid it is looking a little light for Michelle but there could be some broken hearts late in the film (again, in this trailer Rubert doesn't look like he could break anything but his own mirror from overuse but maybe he accomplishes an impressive character arc!)

I do think it looks like a wonderful film to wallow in though - gorgeous costumes, lovely scenery, elegant art direction, and Michelle (looking quite lovely!) I hope it's as delicious as it seems.

Fernando Moss said...

So what if it's a comedy?

If Frances McDormand could win for a very anti-oscar comedic role.

I don't know, but I think Michelle could be nominated for a more oscar-likely comedic one (in case is comedic)... and I think they loved her for a couple of years...

Or am I completely wrong?

Janice said...

The black lace cartwheel hat - right?

NoNo, when you say this is set in the 1920's are you talking about Colette's original? Because these costumes are more 1908-11 (or thereabouts).

Anonymous said...

RIP NATASHA RICHARDSON

Agent69 said...

I like the comedic touch. Besides they are probably trying to sell the movie to the widest audience possible, hence the emphasis on the comedy.

jk said...

Well, most of the reviews have said even though it does end somewhat tragically, it's a pretty light film.

This trailer isn't that impressive, hopefully the US Miramax trailer will be better.

Kathy could soooo get a nomination for this, she looks and sounds great!

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Seeking Amy said...

While I agree Kathy looks like she steals the show, I'm quite looking forward to Michelle! She looks like she's having an enjoyable time an I quite liked her acting in the trailer.

Drew said...

There's an awful lot of uproarious laughter in that trailer...

Anonymous said...

Well, this could be another "Mrs. henderson Presents" (ironic that both films are directed by the same guys). I still think Pfeiffer has considerable chances for being nominated but I also think Kathy Bates will steal the show in a few scenes. About Rupert Friend... He looks handsome but nothing else.

Alex said...

If Judi Dench could get nominated for the romp fest that was Mrs. Henderson Presents (that is not a knock, by the way, I love Judi and that movie) than shouldn't Michelle be able to get a nomination for this? Plus she has that comeback factor on her side :)

Fernando Moss said...

I think that Nathaniel will try to not get too excited about and won't predict her as a nominee... if just for the fear of jinxing her...

adam k. said...

There were actually at least 3 hats in that trailer that I think could merit a gasp.

And at least if it is a comedy, then it's a slam-dunk for at least a globe nomination for Michelle (and possible momentum for more awards). That way, she at least gets on some red carpets.

Kamikaze Camel said...

The black lace hat is going to become this movie's green Atonement dress, isn't it? It is simply divine!

Looks good. Agreed that they're probably just trying to sell it as anything but a stuffy costume drama!

Anonymous said...

I felt wave of Bening in Being Julia and Dench in Mrs. Henderson Presents. Both performances I would've been fine with winning, so I feel Pfeiffer is in a good position.

Alex in Movieland said...

I admit I enjoyed Mrs. Henderson Presents, so I have no problem with how light the film seems. I'm sure there's a drop of drama there also, but you just can't see it from the trailer. [Judi Dench had it, so will Michelle].

And the best part? For sure at least a GOLDEN GLOBE nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical. which she might actually win. which might actually lead to an Oscar nom.

JoFo said...

I know I've been reading you blog too much that as soon as I saw that this was up online I thought "Nathaniel is happy riggghhtt... now."

I think it looks fantastic. "romp" worthy even. And the gasp worthy hat has to be the black, almost musketeer-esque, with the black feather yes?

Styx said...

I don't see why Michelle Pfeiffer couldn't manage a nod here. It reminds me of both Annette Bening in and Judi Dench, and they go for that sometimes if the pedigree is right. But Kathy Bates does look like a possible standout. The costumes are gorgeousness.

Anonymous said...

I think the scenes are beautiful and the team is outstanding.

I want to watch it because of Pfeiffer and...

Stephen Frears
Alexandre Desplat
Darius Khondji
Consolata Boyle

and many others.

What makes me believe the film will be great, or very good, is:

Christopher Hampton

Dangerous Liaisons
Carrington (he directed this beautiful, beautiful film with great performances by Jonathan Pryce and Emma Thompson)
Total Eclipse
Imagining Argentina (also his direction)
Atonement

He is, generally, a mark of great quality.

Marcelo - Brazil.

kel said...

Wow, I didn't think the film would be this this light judging from the trailer. I do hope Michelle gets a nod for this.

Friend looks handsome and glaringly like Orlando Bloom.

Strange Gay Rabbit said...

Well, it could very well be nominated for Best Actress Comedy or Musical at the Globes and then 2 Oscar Nominations (Art Direction - Costume Design)

YH said...

That lace hat might be the fiercest thing I've ever seen. Ever.

Count me in the group that thinks that Michelle Pfeiffer can get nominated for this. It comes off like those theatrical divas roles that they don't have a problem nominating (even though they sadly skipped Keira Knightley last year). Kathy Bates looks like a possibility in supporting actress too, and I wasn't expecting that for some reason. Rupert Friend, eh. Costumes has to be a gimme. The lace hat. THE LACE HAT!

Joshua said...

Friend seems fine to me. Not as lifeless as Orlando Bloom, at least.