We have Beards so we know Movies: Straw Dogs (2011)
Title: Straw Dogs (2011)
Plot: L.A. screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) relocates with his wife Amy (Kate Bosworth) to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.
Review: First I want to say: I like this movie. Then I want to continue on with a disclaimer:
Disclaimer: Yes, I KNOW how ironic it is that after years of continued hatred against remakes, I should go ahead and like one of them. So don’t you (ie. Janne the Director) even bother to comment on it.
It deserves a higher rating. The cast alone should at least give it a 6. You have James Woods (the guy who used to guest star on Family Guy?), the blind guy from X-Men, the girl I always confuse with Kate Beckinsale, the Prison Break brother AND Walton Goggins!! I mean, come on, at least a 6!
Sidenote: I just read that in the original movie from 1971 the plot was: “A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.” I can just picture the meeting the US producers of the remake had to decide how to translate the story into an American scenery and decide how to best match “the bestiality of rural Englishmen”, and someone suggested: Rednecks!! I wonder if it was the same “someone” who, when asked “Okay, but who should we cast as the ultra-bad Southern Redneck?” answered: “How about that Swede, Alexander Skarsgård? (No, it’s NOT a typo, he actually has a ting above the “a”, it’s a Swedish thing and it’s pronounced “oh” (kinda)).
Don’t get me wrong. Having Alexander Skarsgård play a bad guy redneck was a brilliant choice in my opinion. He got the muscular structure for it and (I guess contractually obligated) he shows it off time and time again throughout the entire movie.
AND he has that devilish smile going for him. So yeah, with Skarsgård in the mix I’d say a 6.5 is in play. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see him nominated for a “Best Baddie” in the upcoming MTV Movie Awards. I’m not saying he’d win, but I’m sure he is appealing to their viewers.
One thing I did hate about this remake, was that they didn’t just remake the movie.. Apparently nothing has happened in poster design the last thirty years. The original is on the left. Yeah, I know, it’s hard to tell.
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- Straw Dogs Non-Review (Another repeat viewing!) (everywoman1089.wordpress.com)
- Straw Dogs – review (guardian.co.uk)
- Movie Review: Straw Dogs (2011) (blogcritics.org)
- The Hollywood Reporter Review of ‘Straw Dogs’ (houseofvampires.wordpress.com)
- Alexander Skarsgård ‘Straw Dogs’ Interview (Video) (houseofvampires.wordpress.com)
- Straw dogs (2011) (charlotteweston.wordpress.com)