It’s almost that time of year again; when studios release their big name dramas in hopes of awards consideration. This usually happens from the start of Fall onwards, so trailers for these movies in 2015 have already started arriving.
Director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) likes to deliver heartfelt family dramas, riddled with angst and plenty of tears, and it seems as though his latest film, Fathers and Daughters, is in keeping with that. The first U.S trailer for the movie has dropped, and you can watch it here.
Starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul, Fathers and Daughters tells the story of a Pulitzer-winning author (Crowe) who is raising his young daughter alone. When he becomes sick and desperately needs medical attention, he sends his daughter Katie (played as a young girl by Kylie Rogers) to live with family. Running parallel to this storyline, we see Katie as an adult (Seyfried), struggling to maintain any relationships owing to her fear of abandonment from those she loves. When she meets Cameron (Paul), they fall for each other but it seems as though her past means the relationship is destined to fail.
With a supporting cast including Diane Kruger, Bruce Greenwood, Jane Fonda, Janet McTeer, Octavia Spencer, and Quvenzhane Wallis, Fathers and Daughters sees Muccino directing from a script by relative newcomer Brad Desch. There is currently no official U.S. release date set for the film, but expect it to arrive by at least December 31, in order to garner that all-important awards consideration.
The Fathers and Daughters trailer plays like some kind of awards check list; well known leading actor in physically and emotionally challenging role? Check. Heartbreaking family-based storyline? Check. Plenty of emotions from lead characters? Check. It goes on and on. The only problem is, this film seems too saccharine and over the top even by Hollywood standards. Maybe the trailer is doing Fathers and Daughters a gross injustice, but it all feels too forced and too Oscar baiting to be able to be taken seriously as a decent piece of filmmaking.
Will the film actually nab any nominations? Possibly, but let’s not forget that Muccino’s In Pursuit of Happyness was in a similar vein and widely predicted for several nods; though it fared pretty well with critics, ultimately only star Will Smith earned much awards season recognition for his work (and Smith/Muccino's followup, Seven Pounds, was largely ignored). It will be interesting to see how Fathers and Daughters fares in comparison, and what kind of audience reception it receives.
Fathers and Daughters does not have an official U.S. release date yet; we'll let you know when that changes.
Source: Voltage Pictures