Monday, August 27, 2012

Lawless movie based on Matt Bondurant book comes out this week

'Lawless'  formerly known as 'The Wettest County in the World: A novel based on a true story.' comes out on August 29th and stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasicowska and Guy Pearce. Lawless was the title of a film genius director Terence Mallick has in the works but he agreed to give the title up when director John Hillcoat asked if he could have it instead. That's the story anyway, I'm not sure if I believe it. Chastain is also in Mallick's movie; maybe she put in a good word for Hillcoat?
In any case, I'm glad they changed the name- while the 'wettest' county refers to the fact that they were providing a ton of booze in a 'dry' county, all I can see is rain, flooded roads and gloominess. Not at all what the book or the film is about.
The saga chronicles the  author's infamous ancestors, the Bondurant Brothers, bootlegging siblings trying to make it big in Prohibition-era Virginia.
Honestly, I started the book but I just couldn't get into it. Did you  read it? Are you going to see it?
I have a feeling that the film will be easier for me to enjoy especially with Gary Oldman playing the rival gang leader. And I'll keep my fingers crossed that I will be able to understand Tom Hardy because as much as I adored Dark Knight Rises, I could barely understand a word Hardy's Bane said.
Check out the red band trailer below. What's the verdict?




2 comments:

  1. My husband and I just saw this movie, it was A-ma-zing! As a daughter and granddaughter of hill country people this movie reminded me so much of my relatives, especially Tom Hardy's portrayal..SPOT ON and well done. This man's character could have stepped right out of the pages of history, the mannerisms and speech were eerily familiar. Fantastic job, riveting story. Wow. Do NOT miss this movie, I'm going see if I can upload this book on my iPad. My hat's off to all those involved with this movie, a truly great work of cinematic art!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing your positive response...you have me all revved up and ready to see it now. I'm excited to see Hardy, Gary Oldman and Jessica Chastain, all of whom to be spot on whenever they work! Shia LaBeouf will have to win me over.

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