by Brandon Barb
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John Cusack an odd choice for Edgar Allan Poe; Larry, Moe and Curly finally go big screen
When I first saw the trailer to the upcoming John Cusack movie The Raven I wasn't quite sure what to
think. At first, I was excited because it is a movie based on Edgar Allan Poe’s
work, but I'm still skeptical. The English major side of me jumped for joy (but then
remembered he was an English major and went back to brooding).
Everything was fine until John Cusack walked in from the shadows. Don't
get me wrong, his movies are some of my favorites and I love his work, but
Cusack playing Poe is a strange combination. Maybe they wanted to have the same
dark character they saw in Identity.
There are a few people that I could see playing Poe. Off the top of my head,
Sam Rockwell, Edward Norton and Gary Oldman are three guys who could pull off
the dark character that Poe was. At least Cusack resembles Poe in the movie.
Maybe it is just the trailer
that turns me off to Cusack filling the boots of the late American poet. In it,
Cusack’s delivery is dry and stiff. I don’t feel any kind mystery that
surrounds Poe. Some of his writings are real disturbing when looked at closely,
but with Cusack the character appears to be deflated. I guess this hesitation
comes from Poe being one of my favorite writers. For all I know, the trailers
don’t do the movie justice, which I hope is the case. Cusack is known for his
obscure roles and disturbed characters, so this is probably a perfect fit.
The premise for the film has been done before, but since it's Edgar
Allan Poe it gives the movie somewhat of a different angle. Some man is committing
murders based on stories written by Poe, and then Poe has to figure out who the
murderer is with the help of Detective Fields played by Luke Evans. If you're
worrying about spoilers, don't be — all of that is in the trailer. I
think I know who the murderer is already, but it’s Hollywood so anything can
Movies based off of literature are good as long as they keep true to
the source material. It will be interesting to see what happens with The Raven. It feels like a mixture of
the Sherlock Holmes movies and the Johnny Depp picture From Hell. We will all find out on April 27.
Another movie is being released today and me torn as to whether
to watch it or not. The idea of a The Three Stooges film has
bounced around for years, but now it has finally limped its way to the screen.
Leave it to Hollywood to take a beloved comedic classic like the Stooges and
churn out a mediocre-looking movie.
There have been many names were attached to this project, including
Jim Carrey, Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and Paul Giamatti. Actually filling
the shoes of the Stooges are Sean Hayes as Larry, Will Sasso as Curly and Chris
Diamantopoulos as Moe. To me the only choice that makes sense is Sasso because
he made a name for himself with physical comedy on Mad TV.
I’m surprised this is actually a movie, because it just looks horrible. I
don’t want to watch it but I probably will end up in the theater because the
original Stooges are a great gift to slapstick comedy — I’ll even give Curly’s
replacement Shemp a nod and say he wasn’t that bad, either. But any movie that
incorporates the Jersey Shore should
just go straight to DVD.
The tagline for the movie is “Just say Moe” but someone should have
told the Farrelly brothers to just say no. They are known for great comedies
like Kingpin, There’s Something About
Mary and Me, Myself & Irene, but their trek into classic slapstick comedy
appears to be anything but. As much of a fan as I am of the Stooges I hope I'm
wrong with this one, and that at least Will Sasso is just as good as he was
on Mad TV.