The trailer for Cameron Mitchell’s film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s short story ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties‘ has dropped, and it looks like fun. Punky, a little bit amusing, slightly crap. It has that kid from the very, very bad To the Bone in it, playing a similar charmingly baffled young Brit, only this time he’s a punk in 70s London who falls for an alien girl, played by Elle Fanning. I nearly wrote Elle Woods. I’m so good at this job. Pop culture references coming out my ears.
Anyway, the trailer begins in London, in 1977, with three young punks punking at a local punk venue, while being overseen by Nicole Kidman, who appears to be queen of the punks. Her blonde, slightly menacing presence in a film of this ilk forces me to relive unpleasant memories of when she played Mrs. Coulter in the unspeakably crap 2007 adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, and therefore makes me uncomfortable. But that’s neither here nor there, as they say.
The three young punks then arrive at a large house, declaring, ‘Females await! Let’s get laid!’ and are met by what are very clearly aliens. Sexy, sexy aliens. You’d know Gaiman was behind this.
The trailer contains several amused-snort-worthy moments and Elle Fanning seems well cast as sexiest and most bemused alien very, although she’s no stranger to slightly strange, other-worldly roles after her performances in 2016’s The Neon Demon and The Beguiled.
In the end, How to Talk to Girls at Parties looks like what we can usually expect from Gaiman— amusing, occasionally vaguely sexist, inter-dimensional strangeness in an interesting setting— and I’m willing to give it a shot, despite a nagging suspicion that the funniest parts of the film may all appear in the trailer.
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