I'm sure there are more exciting things in life than watching Colin Farrell, dressed in a sleek, dark suit, weave through the streets of London behind the wheel of a saucy black convertible, the Yardbirds' "Heart Full of Soul" rumbling on the soundtrack. But as random weekend movie pleasures go, I'll take it: Farrell is the star, and the unassuming center, of William Monahan's nervy, noir-inflected thriller London Boulevard.
Friday night at the 2011 AFI Fest, the seats in the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre weren't quite filled to capacity for the gala screening of Luc Besson's The Lady, which received mildly lukewarm reviews on the festival circuit. But, as it did at its premiere in Toronto, the biopic of Burmese democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi received a standing ovation at AFI Fest -- one clearly directed primarily at star and Oscar hopeful Michelle Yeoh.
Let's cut to the chase: Michelle Yeoh looks simply amazing in the first full trailer for Luc Besson's The Lady, the story of Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and the two decades she spent as a political prisoner in her own country. The film played Toronto last month but doesn't yet have a U.S. release date, which is too bad because after glimpsing the uncharacteristically restrained (and gorgeously shot) work here by Besson, it's one of the more intriguing upcoming releases on my radar.