Trailer VS Movie: ‘A Most Wanted Man’ With Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Rather than an all encompassing spy thriller involving people from all other the world, A Most Wanted Man focuses on a small group of people led by Gunther (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Does the movie compare to the trailer?

Well, yes and no. While it’s not as fast-paced as the trailer would make it out to be, it does drill down to a level that is both intimate and non-emotional. The characters are never given any backstory, so everything is inferred. You’re merely an observer. The point that hit it home for me was finding out this is from the same director, Anton Corbijn, as The American with George Clooney. I love that movie, but many were expecting a fast-paced thriller and it was the total opposite. Both The American and A Most Wanted Man both highlight the everyday actions people take to participate in the grand scheme.

And yes, Philip Seymour Hoffman does a German accent and it’s brilliant. Rachel McAdams has an accent as well and it’s completely natural. Perhaps it sounds silly but I appreciated seeing American actors playing non-Americans.

Also, the last line of the trailer is really out of context. You really need to see the entire film to appreciate it.

See below for theaters showing starting this Friday, July 25th!

a most wanted man 04Anton Corbijn‘s spy thriller A MOST WANTED MAN, based on John Le Carré’s best-selling novel, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright is in theaters this Friday, July 25.

New York Theaters:

  • Lincoln Square 13
  • Beekman
  • Orpheum 7
  • Chelsea Cinema 9
  • Sunshine Cinema 5
  • Kips Bay 15
  • Kew Gardens Cinemas 6
  • Bay Terrace Theatre 6
  • Brooklyn Heights Cinema
  • Roslyn Cinemas 4
  • Malverne Cinema 5
  • Raceway 10
  • Farmingdale Stadium 10
  • Shore Theatre 8
  • AMC Stony Brook 17
  • All Westchester Saw Mill Multiplex 10
  • Cinema 100 Quad

Los Angeles Theaters:

  • The Landmark 12
  • The Grove Stadium 14
  • Pacific ArcLight Hollywood 15
  • Pacific ArcLight Beach Cities 16
  • Rolling Hills 20
  • Promenade Stadium 13
  • Long Beach Stadium 26
  • Marketplace 6 – Long Beach
  • Burbank 16
  • Laemmle NoHo 7
  • Pacific Arclight Sherman Oaks 16
  • Promenade 16
  • Agoura Hills 8
  • Muvico Thousand Oaks 14
  • Century River Park 16
  • Glendale 18
  • Pacific Arclight Pasadena 14
  • Block 30 @ Orange
  • Century Stadium 25 Theatre – Orange
  • Brea Stadium 22 Cinemas – East 12
  • Island 7 Cinemas
  • Westpark 8 Cinemas
  • Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 Cinemas
  • Century 20 – Bella Terra
  • Foothill Towne Center 22

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Melissa Hanson aka Dial M For Melissa - Managing Editor / Podcast Producer - Growing up, Melissa’s favorite destination was always the video store and would agonize over whether to watch something new or to rewatch a favorite. Things have not changed. Follow on Twitter @DialMForMelissa