Awards Profile: Malavita

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malavitaDirected By: Luc Besson
Written By: Luc Besson. Based on the Novel by: Tonino Benacquista

Starring: Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, Jon Freda, Dominic Chianese.

Synopsis: (From IMBD.com) The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die-hard.

Why it could succeed: After receiving an Academy Award nomination this past year for Silver Linings Playbook, Robert De Niro has given film lovers something to hope for when it comes to his future projects. It seems he’s going back to his roots and playing a character involved with the mafia, something he’s proven to do very well like in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II (1974). Also, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer’s additions to the film help its chances at success. It also doesn’t hurt that Luc Besson is penciling the script and directing it. Besson, whose been responsible for Taken (2012), Leon: The Professional (1994) and The Fifth Element (1997) can hopefully ease some doubts.

Why it could fail: Looking at the film as a whole, it’s hard to see it hitting big with the Academy. It sounds a bit generic and an already done mafia film that seems more like comedy than a hard-hitting crime drama.  Until a trailer comes out, we won’t know anything more than what’s been on the internet.  Great actors film bad movies all the time and even though De Niro is a phenomenal actor, his choices in film haven’t always been excellent. With no trailer and very little word of mouth, it’s hard to say why it could succeed or fail. If it has the intensity and entertainment value that Taken or The Fifth Element had, it’ll likely do well at the box office.

Awards Speculation:

To really dissect the project and determine what potential it has, we need an official trailer or at least a growing buzz that the film currently lacks. The three main stars and the solid track record of its director are the sole reasons for its consideration.  The flimsy plot description suggests otherwise.

Best Actor: Robert De Niro
Best Actress: Michelle Pfeiffer
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones
Best Adapted Screenplay