Friday, 24 July 2009
Ad for Hughes brothers latest The Book of Eli. What's it showing? A gloss-action riff on Cormac McCarthy's The Road, a motion picture of which is due fairly soon. Expect Denzel scurrying all over the ex-United States safeguarding a McGuffin book; pray it ain't a religious text. Is Eli scrambling after that lucrative I Am Legend money? Is black male lead post-apocalyptia the hot ticket? That's how the studio hive mind works: give 'em similar. If so, Denzel's better suited to rugged individualism than chatty Will Smith. Smith's a charmer, Washington can seethe and danger. As previously demonstrated, trailers are notoriously unreliable at communicating a film's virtues, but it sticks in my craw to see the Hughes brothers losing themselves in anonymous tent-pole actionering. We've already lost Alex Proyas to such insidiousness.