There’s a brand new trailer for Sir Ridley Scott’s neo-noir thriller due out this fall. (I had intended to post it yesterday, but George Clooney, apparently still upset by the fact that Fassy can play golf without out his hands, had to steal his thunder.) As I mentioned last week, The Counselor is based on a script by the author of No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy, and stars Michael Fassbender as a lawyer who gets involved with the high stakes world of drug smuggling.
This two minute bit of white-hot celluloid (an antiquated expression to be sure, since it’s probably only pixels) is an example of a trailer done right. It’s packed with glimpses of all of the major players including Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt, and yet it hasn’t spelled out anything.
What do we really learn? We can figure out that Fassbender is about to get in over his head, but how do Pitt and Bardem feel about it? What are their roles? What’s up with Bardem’s hair? Or Pitt’s? We see Cruz and Diaz (and her leopard print tats) enjoying a spa day. Diaz covets Cruz’s engagement ring. Are they friends? I don’t think so. How do they know each other? And what is the significance of the caress that Scott (or whomever cut the trailer) makes sure that we see? (Again I must mention Diaz’s character is called Malkina. She is definitely up to no good.)
It’s clear that Fassbender loves Cruz from the opening seconds (“I intend to love you until I die.”), and that she adores him as well (“Me first”). It also becomes clear that he wants to keep her in the dark about what he’s doing, indicated by his expression when she asks “Have you been bad?”, which gives her response a darker, more ominous meaning. (It’s even more clear from the short clip below that Cruz is the “good girl”, naïve in at least one crucial aspect of their relationship and I think we can take it that it carries over into all aspects.)
In fact the overall tone of the trailer is sinister and dangerous, the tension so thick you could cut it with that wire strung across a highway. We aren’t given any specifics, but this trailer has achieved the desired effect, which is to make us crave more, and to find out just exactly how bad Fassbender has been. (Dare I hope that the answer is very wicked indeed?)
The Counselor also stars Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer, Rubén Blades, Bruno Ganz, and Goran Visnjic. It opens October 25 in the US and 15th November in the UK.
Ridley Scott and author Cormac McCarthy join forces in the motion picture thriller THE COUNSELOR, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author’s characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer’s one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control.
Fassbender & Cruz:
Fassbender & Pitt:
Fassbender & Bardem: