A sneak preview! How exciting! And was I ever ready for one
too, having spent the better part of the day unpacking (The Front
Page recently moved offices). What could be better than seeing a
film with Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat, followed by a free
screening of "Being John Malkovich"?
|Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat.
PHOTO: Fox Pictures
Wow. Does it ever look nice. They spent a lot of money on
recreating the King's palace, and it really shows. The animals,
the sets, the luster of the work is outstanding. And the costumes
are a delight, from the native garb of Siam both common and
royal, to the drab Victorian dress of the British, it's all very,
One of the things I demand in a film like this is good
photography. With so much to look at, it's pretty essential.
There is a scene with Foster where both she and the director of
photography earn their money. It's just her, emoting. And it
seems to go on and on.
In contrast, the rest of the film seems to go on and on. I
thought it was an uneasy mix of politics and the personal. Had it
been one or the other, I think it would have been a better film.
But a different film, obviously.
People ask me how Chow Yun-Fat makes out as romantic lead.
It's a long way from "The Killer," but I think he does
a reasonable job. Foster is fine as far as she goes, but I wish
-- I wish I believed she was British. There. I've said it. I just
don't buy her as a Brit the same way I believe Gwyneth Paltrow,
for example. It could be just that I will always remember Foster
from "Taxi Driver", or "The Silence Of The
Lambs". Or "Maverick." There's an opus. And what
about "Sommersby"? Eaugh. Sure, it's a business, and
you have to work and do what's right for you. And yet... I just
wish she would be in something really fabulous.
site (Trailer, production notes, tonnes of stuff)
"Anna And The
King" on IMDB