Tom Tykwer's 3 Trailer: Cheat, Lola, Cheat!
They're in love! She cheats with a younger man! He cheats with the same man! Ker-pow! What sounds like a heartpounding episode of Maury in theory actually looks like a powerful and intriguing - even Hitchcockian? - romantic drama in Tom Tykwer 3.
Tykwer, the Run Lola Run director who's working with the Wachowskis on Cloud Atlas, has a fascinating trailer here for 3, but the official description makes us believe it's a misleading one:
From the director of Run, Lola, Run and The International comes a sexy romantic drama with a nod to classic Hollywood screwball comedies. Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. With their 20th anniversary looming, they both become restless despite being truly and deeply in love. Unbeknownst to one another, they separately become acquainted with Adam, a younger man, and fall in love with him. Working again with his longtime collaborators (DP Frank Griebe, editor Mathilde Bonnefoy, and co-composers Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil), 3 is clearly not your typical 1930s romp. This reinvention of those classic films with Tykwer's sleek direction is a playful update, an intellectual study of a modern couple looking for redefinition in a world of absolutes.
Did you see any screwball comedy in that trailer? I saw a tad of the screwing and a hint of the ball, but not enough of either to declare 3 the My Man Godfrey of 2011. I do appreciate the descriptor, "...looking for definition in a world of absolutes" though. Sounds like the slogan of a German software company.
Still: A longtime couple cheating! That's some dastardly fun. And down-low dude schtupping! If Oprah and Tyra can be obsessed with that topic, so can I. I expect we'll be gasping like an enraptured studio audience at all the goings-on.
Verdict: Arsenic and Old Lays!