Monday, December 7, 2009
It was a big weekend for Jake Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal fans, as Brothers finally opened. Jake looks pretty proud of himself - what can we look forward to this week?
Here's a video with Jake talking about visiting prisons and working with Tobey and Natalie.
Okay, that was done last week, as well. But let's hope more of these videos make their way to the interwebs. There is another audio clip of Jake, this time on what it's like working playing the brother of a contemporary/rival.
And look - thanks to Monica - a new TV spot for Brothers. Even better, it doesn't single out Tobey and Natalie while ignoring Jake!
Oh, no - Jake looks bored. Who knows what he'll do to make this another exciting week.
How about this - a nod from Cinematical as one of Oscar season's two-best performances, along with Ben Foster from The Messenger:
... Soldiers on notification duty make an appearance in Jim Sheridan's Brothers, too, to tell Grace Cahill (Natalie Portman) that her husband Sam (Tobey Maguire) has been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. If you've seen the trailer, you know that Sam is eventually found and returned home, by which point Grace has bonded with Sam's screw-up brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal). Sam's frightening transformation upon his return is the point of the film, and Maguire is terrific in the role. But it is Gyllenhaal, playing a volatile, deeply troubled ex-con, who has the harder job here. In Maguire's case, we see in graphic detail Sam's harrowing experience as a prisoner in Afghanistan, and our minds do a lot of the work of giving what follows its impact. On the other hand, the movie only hints at Tommy's past, and Gyllenhaal is left to do the heavy lifting.
He pulls it off beautifully. Consider the dinner scene early in the film, and Tommy's face-off with his father (Sam Shepard), intent on goading and belittling him; there's so much unspoken family history packed into Tommy's increasingly unsuccessful attempts to contain his anger while his dad throws insults. And consider the suggestion, subtly planted, that Tommy is using his brother's apparent death -- and the resulting opportunity to be a "good guy" -- as a self-esteem boost to make up for decades of playing second fiddle to his star athlete, war hero brother. It's a fantastic, troubling performance -- smaller and quieter than Maguire's, to be sure, but more impressive for it. ...
These might have been lost in the Brothers shuffle over the weekend. First, an official picture of Jake on Jimmy Kimmel - sorry, Monica! :)
Second, a new poster for Prince of Persia: