Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Standing Room Only
That's what it was tonight in Boston for a screening of Jake Gyllenhaal's Source Code, followed by a Q&A with director Duncan Jones. FL and I were lucky enough to attend. It was by far the most crowded sneak peek I've ever been to, and we were worried we wouldn't both get in.
But we did, very happily. And we got to enjoy a great movie with a great performance from Jake. Duncan Jones was engaging, witty and seemingly very happy to be there, answering questions thoughtfully and humorously.
As you can see from this Making Of video, Duncan and Jake are game for anything, and Duncan conveyed that. But he also takes movies seriously, and the film is a true reflection of his - and Jake's - attitudes. (Thanks to Monica for the heads up on the video.)
There was not a lot new in the Q&A but there were some interesting observations from Duncan:
He revealed that they shot the movie in chronological order, so as not to even further confuse the process or the participants. He and Jake will be doing an audio commentary for the DVD. They moved the film setting from NYC to Chicago for "sensitivity reasons." He made special use of The Bean sculpture because he thought it was unique and extraordinary.
When urged to produce his next movie in Boston, Duncan replied that he thought you had to get a "special visa from Ben Affleck" to do that.
This photo does not do justice to how good Jake looks in a flight suit.
Oh, wait, it was FL who said that.
Jake looked very good and played the part very well. The praise for his performance is well deserved.
The movie seemed to get a very strong response. There was lots of buzz as people were leaving, with cries of "Awesome" heard from some of the fanboys. Lots of chatter and questions as people filed out. This was definitely a crowd pumped to see the movie and excited to hear from Duncan Jones. They seemed to get what they didn't pay for and more.
Personally, I loved it. Many of the shortcomings I noticed or feared from the trailer were not present. This is not a favorite genre, and I was worried at the beginning that it wouldn't engage me. But I definitely got sucked in by the Source Code and can't wait to go back.
Feel free to ask any questions. If I can't remember, FL probably can!
Jake with Tony Toscano of Talking Pictures:
Jake talks to AMC (theaters, not the movie channel):
Jake talks to Bonnie Laufer from Tribute Canada. Not as hilarious as their PoP interview but still fun:
Jake on Extra, talking about edible gardens and trying not to talk about bathroom photos:
(Photos courtesy of IHJ.)