So how come there’s absolutely no Oscar buzz whatsoever surrounding “Labor Day”, despite its director and writer, Jason Reitman, being a quadruple nominee already? And despite the co-stars, Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, having seven noms and a trophy between themselves?
It’s what I wondered ever since the drama premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September to fairly middling reviews. Then Telluride, Hamptons, BFI London and Austin screenings followed, yet nothing really changed.
To add insult to injury, a heart-warming trailer has landed earlier today making the critics look like even bigger fools for writing this off so early. Granted, “Labor Day” is pretty obviously no “Up in the Air” but I find it very hard to believe it’s much worse than, say, the star-studded but emotionally underwhelming “The Butler”.
Then again, Reitman has been unfairly overlooked only two years back for “Young Adult,” so ultimately if the Kate Winslet starrer will fly under the Academy’s radar it’ll probably not be that big of a shocker.
Back to the trailer, let’s mention it oddly includes no footage starring supporting performers Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg and James Van Der Beek. And I probably speak for everyone when I say I’m curious to see the Beek taking on his first serious role in… ever.
Meanwhile, the Winslet – Brolin chemistry is so obvious and palpable one almost has to wonder if it didn’t have something to do with his recent divorce of Diane Lane. And don’t even get me started on the soundtrack. What can I say, I’m a sucker for Birdy, as I am for Reitman. Such a shame “Labor Day” only hits theaters in January.