Saturday, August 23, 2008

Can Richard Gere please get out of this movie?

I don't know if you've had the chance to see the previews for "Nights in Rodanthe," but I have and I'm already sick of this movie. I feel like I've seen the entire movie based on the two minute trailer. In my mind there are a few fatal flaws with this movie and these need to be addressed.

One, Diane Lane will always be too good of an actress to pair up with Richard Gere. Anyone who watched "Unfaithful" can back me up on this fact. Yes, I understand he had a smaller role by design in "Unfaithful," but Diane Lane jumped off the screen with her role. Steamy sex scenes with Olivier Martinez may have aided in her commanding aurora, but the scene showing Diane on the way home, well that lure was all Diane.

Another issue with the "Nights" preview is a severe lacking of Christopher Meloni presence. Stabler, errr, I mean Christopher, needs to appear much more often in the preview. Really, I don't think it would be too much to ask for him to saunter around topless. There was a quick preview on NBC during hour 1,800 of Olympic coverage and Christopher didn't appear, even for a single second, in that preview. Seriously, how does such an injustice happen on NBC??? Poor advertising campaign all around. Movie trailer people, here's a tip- since 1999 NBC has had on its lineup a little show called "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." Yeah, millions of people watch that show. The main reason most of those viewers turn in.... Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay. If you want to have a trailer shown on NBC, then you might want to include one of NBC's biggest stars. It might help capture a few more potential viewers. Honestly, the only reason I may pay $9.75 to see "Nights" is to gaze upon Christopher Meloni.

Finally, I know Nicholas Sparks is an incredibly talented writer, but can the movie trailer for "Nights" not look like a mid-life version of "The Notebook"?????????????? My husband doesn't watch that much television, but the first thing he said when he saw the "Nights" preview was, "it looks like they made 'The Notebook' for our parents." I can already sense that the female romantic lead is going to be torn between two men. Her family will most likely want her to go with one man, but she'll go with the other guy instead. Yeah, if that isn't "The Notebook" or every other movie James Marsden has ever been cast in, then I don't know what it is.

I understand this movie begins its theatrical run on October 3rd, but there is plenty of time to include some of my suggestions. One, re-edit the movie so there is some chance of a surprise. Have Diane Lane end up with either James Franco or Christopher Meloni. I know, it's crazy, that there would actually be a movie about a married couple that struggles and yet somehow manages to stay together. Crazy, indeed. Next, there really needs to be a major romantic scene that includes Christopher Meloni, but does not include his shirt (honestly, the only reason I like the character Kathy in "SVU" is because there might just be the chance Stabler gets to express his romantic side). Finally, just take Richard Gere out of the movie. Introduce a gerbil or something and I'm sure he'll just magically drop off the face of the earth.

That's just my two cents or the two cents that may make the difference between shelling out $9.75 plus the cost of popcorn or not.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with you about James Franco being Diane Lane's love interest! (Hey! They were 'married' in that Vanity Fair spread last year!) I really don't care for Richard Gere & I know somebody who looks like Christopher Meloni so that's weird for me! But that James Franco is a stunner!! (sigh!) And Diane is a beauty so.........there's MY 2cents!