A sneak preview of the soon to be released film adaptation of “Bachelorette” Leslye Headland’s lacerating dramedy starring: Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, Adam Scott, James Marsden and Kyle Bornheimer.
MERP!!! OVERLY EXCITED!!!
For those of you who saw the shocking, lacerating comedy, “Bachelorette,” by the fantastic playwright Leslye Headland, you will be super excited to hear that it has been made into a movie starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher and directed, no less, by Ms. Headland!
This is a brilliant piece Ms. Headland has written and, from the looks of things, she’s cast it perfectly; I have high hopes for the film version.
“Bachelorette” revolves around three meaner-than-mean-girls, who gather in a swanky hotel room on the eve of their not-so-best-friend’s wedding, where they proceed to abuse drugs, booze and each other. As the evening progresses, all the nasty fun and games quickly devolve into a cesspool of dysfunction and brutality; it’s a knockdown-dragout drama in the vein of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, but there are a lot of laughs to accompany all the savage honesty.
I’m especially thrilled with the casting, specifically, Kirsten Dunst - who’s fast becoming one of the most intuitive, edgy actresses of her generation - and the vastly underrated Lizzy Caplan.
Above, you can watch an interview with Leslye Headland and Kirsten Dunst sharing their thoughts on the film. And you can read Charles Isherwood’s original review of the off-Broadway production of the play by clicking here…
Run, don’t walk to see the latest from controversial director Lars von Trier, “Melancholia”. Don’t watch this movie expecting to turn off your brain, or if linear story telling is a prerequisite for your enjoyment of a movie.
Rather, this film is a sustained meditation on the nature of the world and our very existence. It dares to suggest that the end of the world might, in fact, be beautiful.
Kirsten Dunst delivers her finest work to date. This is, by far, the most nuanced and sophisticated work I have ever encountered from this gifted actress. What makes Ms. Dunst’s performance so remarkable, is her ability to capture the all-consuming feeling that clinical depression brings, and how hollow and isolated one can feel.
It is a brave performance, devoid of any vanity or artifice, and it is utterly human as well. However Ms. Dunst is only part of the reason to check out “Melancholia”. To put it bluntly, Mr. von Trier has created one of the most audacious and unique films of the year.
Forget all the hype surrounding ”The Artist” and “The Help”. Those films represent the kind of somber, pseudo-intellectual hokum that the Academy always falls for. (paging ‘The King’s Speech?) Instead of wasting your time and money on those atrocities, why not see something that will ultimately feed your soul?