Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Company Men Preview/Synopsis

Opening December 10 (limited ) Wide: January 21

Written and directed by John Wells ( ER ) starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, RoseMarie DeWitt, Maria Bello, and Craig T. Nelson. Cinematography by multiple Oscar nominee Roger Deakins ( Fargo, No Country For Old Men ) edited by Robert Frazen ( Smart People, Smokin'Aces )

Premise: Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is living the American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands, and fathers.

Bobby soon finds himself enduring enthusiastic life coaching, a job building houses for his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner) which does not play to his executive skill set, and perhaps the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal. With humor, pathos, and keen observation, writer-director John Wells introduces us to the new realities of American life.

Rated R for language and brief nudity. 109 min.

Oscar chances ? Unlikely, though I must say that anything that Roger Deakins shoots is always of excellent quality...but that being said, he also has True Grit coming in a couple of weeks as well, so I'm thinking that's most likely the film he will garner any attention for 2010.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !