July 4, 2012 at 8:33 am #64180
Viola’s latest project, also starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, is Won’t Back Down, due this fall.July 4, 2012 at 8:33 am #64182
With her performances in “Doubt” and “The Help” both garnering her deserved Oscar buzz, actress Viola Davisquickly attached herself to another awards season hopeful, the education-reform drama “Won’t Back Down.” Apparently 20th Century Fox believes so too, and along with moving the film’s release date from the spring to fall, they’ve released a number of clips showcasing Davis’ acting chops as well.
“Won’t Back Down” follows two mothers, played by Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal, struggling with the inner-city public school system in which they are deeply involved. Davis plays a teacher deeply impassioned about her job, while Gyllenhaal portrays a single mother who persuades parents around her for change while also tending bar and selling cars. “The Wire” star Lance Reddick shows up as head of a school board, while Rosie Perez, Ving Rhames, Bill Nunn, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste round out the supporting cast.
From the footage shown, director Daniel Barnz (“Beastly”) is obviously going for a brisk, feel-good classroom drama, somewhere between “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and the slightly broad tone of “North Country,” but it’ll require a look at the final product to see if it all gels together effectively. Both Davis and Gyllenhaal are clearly having fun with their roles though, so if nothing else the two actresses will make for a compelling watch overall.
“Won’t Back Down” hits theaters on September 28th, so take a look at the clips below, in addition to the film’s poster.July 4, 2012 at 10:43 am #64183
Where’s the trailer?July 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm #64185
Wow, looks terrible.July 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm #64186
Watched the trailer.. I’ll see it. Are both women considered Leading? They seem to have equal screentime. Looks more Dangerous Minds-like to me.July 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm #64187
That was… uhm.. predictable?
And minority opinion, but I was more interested with Maggie’s character than Viola’s in the trailer.July 5, 2012 at 5:27 am #64188
I think we can all see how this movie is going to end but I’m hoping that the performances will save the movie — I wonder if Hunter will have a chance of scoring a supporting actress nod if the movie is well received. She hasn’t had a chance for in an Oscar in some time….and they did nominate her for The Firm….July 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm #64190
I think this film (judging by the trailer only) looks like a crowd pleaser which could be oscar vehicle for Maggie rather than Viola. Her role has a similar tone to Meryl Streep’s in Silkwood and Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich. It could gain her a lead actress nomination (in lieu of her dismesal for Sherrybaby and Secretary) but she has competition. This trailer doesn’t fully indicate who will lead the film, as the film will ultimately show us, however campaigning co-leads should be avoided.July 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm #64191
I feel like just from the trailer that Maggie is giving the better performance and she should be given the buzz.September 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm #64192
This film is getting pretty bad reviews. Might as well remove this from predictions.September 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm #64193
Davis is getting excellent reviews, yet again. But many reviews note that she outclasses the film around her. I still wouldn’t count her out at this point.September 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm #64194
Me either. Not yet. Take a look at EL&IC, The Blind Side, The Reader, and other films with less than stellar reviews. Hardly matters sometimes, which imo, is a very very good thing.September 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm #64195
This is getting much worse reviews than any of those (Metacritic score 46). It looks like all three talented actresses took the paycheck and ran for this one.
It seems also to be a clear anti-union polemic more than a well-done drama. Whatever the reactionary elements of Blind Side, it wasn’t on the surface aimed at Rush Limbaugh’s audience. This looks like it is.
I’d say zero chance for any Oscar nominations.