Ahhh, Christmas. Family get-togethers and warm cozy fireplaces and a significantly increased likelihood of depression. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the first trailer for All is Bright brings us just a little bit closer to the holiday season.
All Is Bright touts your basic Christmas setup. Ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti) gets released on parole and wants to give his estranged daughter the greatest Christmas ever by buying her the piano she’s always wanted. But the only way to get the cash (and stay out of prison at the same time) is to hawk Christmas trees with his old buddy Rene (Paul Rudd).
Check out the trailer for All Is Bright below.
The story may seem a little boilerplate, and Rudd’s attempt at a rousing Christmas speech falls a little flat, but the Christmas tree bits are just brimming with chemistry. After watching one trailer, I’d happily pay money to see several hours of Rudd and Giamatti doing nothing but failing to sell trees.
And while the more dramatic moments throw around cliches like nobody’s business, it’s very difficult not to like Giamatti, no matter the film, no matter the role. From the looks of it, All Is Bright is no different. Giamatti seems like a genuine ex-con; sad and sympathetic yet still rough around the edges. Add a pair of mutton chops and you might just have a winner.
All Is Bright hits VOD on September 10, with a theatrical release to follow on October 4.
[Via Yahoo! Movies]