How much stock does Michael Cera have with audiences today? The once and future Bluth has gotten a lot of love for his role in the fourth season of Arrested Development and his hilarious cameo in This Is the End (read Screen Rant's reviews for the former here and the latter here), but Cera has long been a target for the ire of a legion of ardent detractors.
Judging by the first trailer for his next movie, Sundance indie favorite Crystal Fairy, that's probably not going to change anytime soon, but at least the film appears skewed to please people inclined toward his particular brand of awkward charm.
Crystal Fairy marks one of two films Cera has made with Chilean director Sebastian Silva this year (the second, Magic Magic, also played at Sundance, but has no theatrical release date). Following in the footsteps of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, though only just, Crystal Fairy puts Cera's character, Jamie, on a drug-fueled pleasure-seeking road trip through Chile; he's bent on ingesting mescaline from a San Pedro cactus so as to experience what he believes to be the ultimate high. Along the way he and his companions pick up the eponymous Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman), a free-spirited hippie whose presence Jamie welcomes at first before their personalities begin to clash.
Most viewers will probably make up their minds about the film simply by viewing the trailer for the first time. Sundance accolades may not matter for people with a strict Cera aversion, and if nothing else Crystal Fairy looks like it plays very heavily on all of the gawky, maladroit flourishes he brings to most of his performances. Maybe his critics have a point. At the same time the praise for Hoffman's acting and Silva's direction might give Crystal Fairy more to its credit than Cera's presence allows. Could be that the film deserves a watch just for their efforts here, though Cera's wincing sense of humor will be the tipping point that determines how Crystal Fairy is received.
Does Silva have a worthy satire of the self-indulgence portrayed in the clip? Or is Crystal Fairy just Sundance-bait engineered to please the twee comedy crowd? Let us know what you think, Screen Ranters.
Crystal Fairy arrives in theaters on July 12th, 2013