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“Looper” trailer arrives in time

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After a long week of teases and hints, the first trailer for Rian Johnson‘s time-travel crime thriller, “Looper”, is available online.

It looks like being an expectedly unexpected head trip – and one which, coming from the singular vision of the guy who brought you Brick and The Brothers Bloom“, promises a twisted temporal tale with a brilliant cast – Joseph Gordon Levitt, who’s appeared so far in all of  Rian Johnson’s films, is the lead, Bruce Willis is…well, that would be telling and Emily Blunt is looking decidedly haunted and in possession of a shotgun.

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Yeah, the picture above is a bit of a clue as to the relationship between Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis – and it’s the nature of how young JGL embodies the mannerisms of the older Willis which is making this movie of particular interest to me.

That's not going to end well...

Visual verve, timey-wimey confusion, sci-fi futurism, genre awareness and one of the most interesting directors working today – I’m really looking forward to seeing this film when it opens in the UK on 28th September.

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Emily Blunt won’t be your girlfriend…

Emily Blunt - would rather kick ass than simper prettily. And who can blame her?

Though she was originally pencilled in to appear in “Iron Man 2” in the ‘Black Widow’ role which went to Scarlett Johansson, British thesp Emily Blunt is none too keen about showing up in a nascent superhero flick and playing ‘the girlfriend’.  You know, I think she has a point there.

Marvel's espionage bad girl, Black Widow.

In an interview to promote her next, non-genre flick, Blunt’s comments on turning down the Peggy Carter role in “Captain America: The First Avenger”, and on the paucity of good roles for actresses in blockbuster flicks in general, have been somewhat misinterpreted as a slam on genre fare as a whole.  And I don’t think that’s quite what she’s getting at.

Her point would appear to be that most of these movies function as wish-fulfilment, power fantasies for adolescent boys of all ages and there’s very little arguing with that assessment – women who enter the orbit of Marvel and DC heroes tend to get to look decorative, be placed in danger and then saved by the titular hero.  Self-determination and pro-active action for women in the summer blockbuster is in short supply and always has been.  What Blunt appears to be saying is that its time that heroines got a slice of the action which is the birthright of male characters.

You’ll note that Marvel Studios don’t appear to be in any hurry to green light a movie which features a strong heroine in the lead and DC similarly seem to be focussing more on getting a “Green Lantern” sequel sorted out than in having anybody make a “Wonder Woman” flick – those tantalising rumours of Nicholas Winding Refn directing Christina Hendricks don’t seem to have been borne out by actual trade paper announcements, which is a shame.

Will sort out evil and not be as much of a diva as most bloke heroes - that's Wonder Woman for you.

I’d love to see Wonder Woman get the kind of mythological action epic treatment which Marvel gave to “Thor” last year – the character deserves it and there’s at least as much potential for a multi-film and multi-media franchise there as there is in any other character in the DC pantheon.  I know that it’s tough to launch these projects but it does seem somewhat weird that it’s usually the super heroines whose script-to-screen travails seem inordinately protracted in comparison to those of their comic book brothers.

So, Hollywood – is it just young dudes who get to explode things and kick bad guy arses or can the ladies have a shot at it, too?  What, exactly, are they so afraid of?

 

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