Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hector And The Search For Happiness - the First Trailer is here at long last

I've been waiting for the Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer - based on psychiatrist Francois Lelord's book - since I first posted about the movie in April of last year. I was a bit worried then - and still am - that the director of the film is Peter Chelsom who gave us the Hannah Montana movie. That's cause for concern, right?

The film has a formidable cast - Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Gillette, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer and young Jakob Davies as the young Hector - fellow bookish movie lovers, we'll be seeing more of the young actor in the adaptations of Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Reif Larson's The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet.

Check out the trailer and weigh in; the guys at Collider where the trailer made its debut noticed a resemblance to the themes in Walter Mitty, and called out what they label a 'yay for humanity' aspect. Both films are about seeking happiness - ah, the eternal hunt - what do you think? I'm less of a cynic and more of an avowed sap but I will say my twenty year old son heard the trailer while I was watching it. His response? "That sounds pithy." I've double-checked the definition, somehow I don't think he meant it as a compliment.

I'm adding Hector and the Search for Happiness to my Guide to Movies Based on Books for this year; there's still no US release date but with this trailer and a promise of a fall UK opening, I'm betting it will come out sometime in 2014. 




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