Trailer Blazer: 'Nanny Diaries,' 'Underdog,' 'Across the Universe'
The Nanny Diaries (April 20) I was hoping this might be another translation of a ho-hum book into a better movie (a la The Devil Wears Prada), but this trailer is not a good sign. Despite a cast that includes Scarlett Johansson (pictured), Laura Linney, and Chris Evans, the scenes pieced together here might be better titled Failure to Amuse. Only the final line (about a plush toy) made me laugh, although hipness points must be added for using Fine Young Cannibals’ ”She Drives Me Crazy” as a backdrop.
Underdog (Summer 2007) I admit it. I’m a sucker for canines in clothing, and that tagline — “One nation, under dog” — rocks! I’m totally taking my nephews. That’s a good enough excuse, right?
Across the Universe (Sept. 28) So here’s one that sounds, well, interesting. Julie Taymor (Frida) directing Evan Rachel Wood (remember when she was on Profiler?) in a period musical about young love in the Vietnam War era — built around the catalog of the Beatles. It looks strange and compelling and maybe great or maybe a total train wreck. I’m gonna take a wait-and-see approach.