Directed By: David Gordon Green
Written By: Paul Logan
Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, and Chris Messina
Synopsis: A Texas-set story of an ex-con trying to go straight.
Why it could succeed:
Academy Award winner Al Pacino plays the titular character, AJ Manglehorn, an aging man in an ordinary town who follows the same daily routine over and over again. The twist of the film – and this is NOT a spoiler – is that Manglehorn is an ex-con who obsesses over some of the decisions he made in his past, including “the one that got away.”
David Gordon Green is one of those young (39 is still young to me, folks) directors who is slowly making a name for himself. Probably best known for his indie drama, Washington (2000), and his stoner flick, Pineapple Express (2008), Green had a solid showing last year with a double-dipping of indie hits: Prince Avalanche and Joe. So there is a foundation in place for Green to build on.
Why it might not:
Unlike Green, Paul Logan, the film’s screenwriter, does not have much of a track record to draw from. In fact, his only credited script is for a short film, Be Comfortable, Creature (2011). Everyone starts somewhere, though, so we’ll have to wait and see how his rookie effort transpires.
Manglehorn is currently lacking a major distributor, as well as a release date, and while it is still very early, odds are more than likely this film becomes another indie hit that is too small for Oscar, but, perhaps, finds its way to the Spirit Awards.
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