The Romantics story and trailer underwhelms
A trailer popped up the other day for The Romantics, and I possibly quite rightly swept right over it. Then another site wrote about it and I decided to give it another try, after all they seemed to be interested in it and I often do like what they say about trailers, so I plunged.
I've not changed my position from yesterday at all, despite the fact that Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Elijah Wood, Malin Akerman, and Adam Brody all star in the film, it just seems like a plot we've seen time and time again. In fact I just caught some of The Family Stone last night and saw much of this.
I could probably trace this right back to my early film viewing days with Peter's Friends, an ensemble film that carries much of what I expect to see in The Romantics. Here's the blurb:
Over the course of one raucous night at a seaside wedding seven close friends, all members of a tight, eclectic college clique, reconvene to watch two of their own tie the knot. Laura (Katie Holmes) is maid of honor to Lila (Anna Paquin), her golden girl best friend. The two have long rivaled over the groom, Tom (Josh Duhamel). Friendships and alliances are tested and the love triangle comes to a head the night before the wedding, when the drunken friends frolic in the nearby surf and return to shore... without the groom. Based on the heralded novel by producer, novelist, director Galt Niederhoffer, THE ROMANTICS is a Zeitgeist love story and generational comedy that breathes new life into the genre and recaptures the camaraderie of youth.
That reads as ensemble friends with their own problems see a love triangle appear before their eyes, they all get involved, comedy, romance and drama ensue, and a happy ending outs.
Nothing in that seems original or interesting, no matter how many cool looking words you put into the blurb.
You can see the trailer to guage how you feel about it over at Apple Trailers in high definition through Apple Trailers link" target="_blank">JoBlo, and below I have it in Flash format.
Saying that the cast does. Katie Holmes gets a lot of flack for not a lot of good reason, perhaps the people who hate Tom Cruise performances for anything but the film or his performance are on a bandwagon, but she can act, and the trailer here looks like she's doing some of her best.
There's a good cast to back her, and the film is written and directed by Galt Niederhoffer who wrote the original novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), so that's a really interesting aspect to the whole piece. Perhaps there's a lot more to this than the trailer and blurb would suggest?