I’m not talking about that Richard Gere/Michael Sheen movie directed by Michael Brandt, just so we’re clear. This is the new Richard Ayoade flick, co-written by Avi Korine (brother of Harmony Korine) and starring two of my favorite contemporary actors Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Richard Ayoade wrote and directed coming of age indie Submarine, which was somewhat of a smash hit, and now he’s coming back this film that is listed as ‘comedy’ on IMDb, but looks like a mystery/surreal type of deal to me. By that I’m not saying that it won’t be funny, but it’s hard to judge based on this first trailer, which is more of a teaser.
No dialogue, no spoilers (I hope), just Inconceivable by Wallace Shaw playing to some images of the film. A lovely montage if you ask me. It looks like Eisenberg has a doppelgänger, but honestly I don’t need to know more than that. I’m intrigued by this film, but I can’t help but thinking that the whole Jesse Eisenberg/Michael Cera thing is still going on in terms of casting. If you remember Michael Cera had sort of “created” a double personality for himself in Youth in Revolt to get into this girl’s pants and that’s a lot like having a doppelgänger (or at least similar). This year both Eisenberg and Cera had a movie about magic coming out (Now You See Me and Magic Magic respectively). Before that Eisenberg was in a film about a zombie apocalypse (Zombieland), while Cera just played himself in This is the End a comedy about the end of the world.
I don’t know if I really have a point with all this, I just thought it was interesting and worth mentioning, but let’s not forget the trailer! Here it is. Thoughts?
Did you know Michael Cera was a director too? I didn’t. Here is his creepy/awkward four minute short film Failure, directed and starring Michael Cera himself and a drop dead gorgeous Aubrey Plaza as a stalker invading his home.
I really liked it. The Woody Allen-esque music, composed by Cera; Tobias Datum’s (Smashed, Kiss of the Damned) dark, but warm cinematography and a completely strange atmosphere, conveyed by two solid performances. Reminded me of a Kim Ki-duk film in it’s themes and of Alex Pardee’s genius video where he “invades” Shia LaBeouf’s house. Cera even says a similar line “Why are you in my house?” echoing Shia asking San Francisco illustrator “What are you doing in my house?”.
Looks like this is the year where the home invasion sub-genre really came back between The Purge being a Fsmash hit at the box office and You’re Next coming out at the end of August.