Few actors have mastered the art of dropping f-bombs like Robert De Niro; who, over the course of his acting career, has played many a foul-mouthed psychopath, seasoned gangster and tough guy onscreen (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, etc.). Assuming that no one has already, maybe in the future someone will tally the sheer number of times that De Niro has said… ahem… “fudge” or “forget you” in movies, but he does that nine times all by himself in a newly-unveiled red band trailer for The Family.
The Family, which is based on the book Badfellas authored by Tonino Benacquista, revolves around the members of the Manzoni clan – the patriarch Giovanni (De Niro), matriarch Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), daughter Belle (Dianna Agron) and son Warren (John D’Leo) – who make up a notorious Mafia family. Giovanni eventually cuts a deal with the government and he and his wife/children are placed under the Witness Protection Program, which requires them to hide out in France and pretend to be a benevolent American clan (to avoid drawing the attention of Gio’s vengeful ex-buddies).
Both the theatrical trailer and the new red band preview highlight the dark humor in The Family, albeit the latter focuses more on dialogue that seems to both imitate and satirize American mafia/blue-collar criminal movie tropes. That makes sense, given that the film was co-written by Michael Caleo – who helped with the deconstruction of the Mafia anti-hero archetype by serving as a story editor on The Sopranos – and director Luc Besson, who famously re-examined the myth of the noble hired killer close to twenty years in Léon: The Professional and has since co-written memorable (if uneven) action franchise like Taken and The Transporter.
Besson has co-scripted many a cheesy B-movie and European pop-action flick over the years, yet the majority of his popcorn thrillers and franchise installments come with a social/political commentary subtext; especially, when Besson is the one calling the shots and bringing his own screenwriting to life (even Besson’s cult-favorite sci-fi flick The Fifth Element has clever and subtle thematic elements). By the look of it, The Family may be another off-beat, yet not at all brainless, helping of dysfunctional Mafia family life, thanks to Besson’s involvement.
Does The Family seem interesting enough to justify a trip to the theater?
The Family opens in U.S. theaters on September 13th, 2013.
Source: Yahoo! Movies