Straw Dogs female lead and story update
I know I've written about Straw Dogs already today for the announcement of Alexander Skarsgård as the bad guy of the remake, but there's another update this afternoon, and that's for the female lead of the film.
Not only do we find out the actress set to take Susan George's place in the remake of the controversial film, but we find out a little more about the story and how the characters connect, and it does sound like it's going to be a straight remake.
I was feeling quite upbeat with the announcement of James Marsden to replace Dustin Hoffman's character and Alexander Skarsgård as the male protagonist, but then the female lead leaves me feeling a little flat, like her performances to date.
Variety tells us that Kate Bosworth is the woman tasked with replacing Susan George. Personally I'm not convinced, but then I'm sure there are people thinking the same about James Marsden and indeed the entire film.
The plot of the film is also revealed:
Marsden plays a Hollywood screenwriter who relocates with his wife to her hometown in Mississippi. Bosworth plays the wife, who left the South for LA. to become an actress and returns home so her husband can finish his script in quiet. Skarsgard plays her high school boyfriend, an ex-football hero who sees the return of his former girlfriend as a way to reclaim glory.
Another British film relocated to America, and despite any qualms about the cast, at least the story remains the same.
I think that's where my real concern lies. When the original was shown it was shocking and frightening, it pushed the boundaries of cinema, not in an over the top way but in a harsh and open reality that offended and provoked. Nowadays of course it's far from the decency levels we accept in film, but it still carries that emotional shock that stays with you.
It also carries a strong message of violence and our society and how it affects us, how we escalate and rise to it, and to what extremes we'll protect our own as well as seek vengeance.
I wonder if this film will convey any of that or if it will end up seeming more sensationalised and entertaining? In this day and age will the events seem tame and much more factual than truly frightening and shocking, and will the turn of characters be much more easily accepted as justifiable and acceptable?
A lot of that shouldn't be laid at the door of the remake though because it's our society and how we react to violence. It's not the media that's desensitised us to violence, it's we how have accepted that, and we shouldn't.
Huge digression there, but still very relevant. Will the remake of Straw Dogs work, and will it be down to cast, story, society, or us?