Lackluster Official ‘Main Street’ Trailer
Watching this trailer makes me sick. Allow me to explain myself. There were a lot of positives to this film before I saw this trailer.
1) Collin Firth won an Oscar in his last role in ‘The Kings Speech’, and was nominated for one in ‘A Single Man’ before that. Coming off of 2 straight Oscar nominations…what could go wrong?
2) The film boasts a strong cast outside of Firth. Ellen Burstyn is a 6-time Oscar nominee, winning one for her performance in ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’. Patricia Clarkson is also an Oscar nominee for her supporting role in ‘Pieces of April’. Orlando Bloom and Amber Tamblyn are part of the ensemble as well. This cast does build up your expectations.
3) And then there is the fact that the screenplay was written by Horton Foote, who won Oscars for his work in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ & ‘Tender Mercies’. Foote past away in 2009, which makes this film that much more nostalgic.
As you can see there seems to be a lot to loom forward to in ‘Main Street’. That is until you actually see the trailer. The trailer is straight cheese. It looks like a story that is going nowhere. Every viewing thus far has chucked tomatoes at it. Living 20 minutes from Durham, it’s disappointing to see this turn out to be a dud (this will be a dud), and to see it paint an inaccurate picture of modern day downtown Durham. I Didn’t anticipate Firth falling to this depth after the height he climbed to in his previous film. It looks as if ‘Main Street’, as simple as it appears, was too big of a task for first time director John Doyle.
Feel free to watch this and tell me I’m wrong.