Ignoring Tintin, which I implore everybody to do, the biggest film release this weekend is George Clooney’s, The Ides of March. I highly rate Clooney as an actor, but boy is he crafting himself a beautiful ‘body-of-work’, as a director. Just look at his filmography to date: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind; Good Night, and Good Luck; Leatherheads; and now The Ides of March. Ok, so maybe Leatherheads was a washout, but if he can build upon his successes, Clooney could become a real star behind the camera and for generations to come. Clooney has already proved himself more than capable with regards to handling a political thriller, see Good Night, and Good Luck, so this should be an entertaining and thoughtful alternative to the rest of Hollywood’s output.
The Help marks a departure for 22-year-old actress, Emma Stone, who thus far has starred in comedies like Superbad, Easy A and more recently, Crazy, Stupid, Love. The Help looks like an Oscar-baiting effort, one which is probably a little too corny to actually win. However, it is a new challenge for the obviously talented actress. Stone plays Eugenia Phelan, a journalist who writes the book, The Help, which documents the lives of black house maids who serve white families in Mississippi, during the 1960s civil rights movement. No doubt it’s going to be a heartwarming expose, about the lives of these oppressed women and I have no doubt this role will elevate Stone’s star power, just expect lots of cheese.
And finally my pick of the week, Mexican film, Miss Bala. It’s from executive producer, Gael Garcia Bernal and it’s about Laura, an aspiring model who enters a beauty pageant, dreaming of an escape from her grim life. Instead, she becomes embroiled in the affairs of drugs barren, Lino. The trailer certainly has its more clichÃ© moments, with obvious references to City of God and Elite Squad but the idea of a pageant being used to smuggle drugs and money is certainly new and apparently based on true events. But if you don’t fancy this, there’s always Ghostbusters which is re-released.