Trailers (Due to age, may no longer be available)
Posters (Due to age, may no longer be available)
Poster Rating: D+
Review: Black, white and red. We all know by now how I feel about the overabundant use of these colors in posters of late. Here they serve absolutely no purpose. On top of all that, there’s nothing graphically pleasing about the poster and the stars’ names are only going to help so much.
Trailer Rating: B; B+
Review: This is the political movie of the year. It’s a more obvious rebuke of the Bush administration than any film yet made. This is also United Artists’ first prestige pic. It definitely looks like it could be engaging, but it will quickly and easily turn off any conservatives in the audience.
The second trailer suggests a far deeper examination of political motives than the first. It highlights more the comparative talents of the cast and gives the audience an idea of what they’ll be in for if they sit down to the film. It should be an interesting movie.
The liberal branch of the Academy will fight tooth and nail to recognize this film. I see it placing in the top five but being sunk by the conservative branch like Brokeback Mountain was. Whether it would win elsewise is yet to be determined. Critical acclaim will be needed to propel it further than token nominations and also-ran status. Audience support would firmly push the film into the contender category (even with a certain conservative backlash).
November 9, 2007
July 7, 2007 – Original
August 4, 2007 – New Trailer