This year, the regular and often reliable comedy team of James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride will reunite for The Sound and the Fury – but not as you know them.
For those hoping for the spontaneous energy a la Pineapple Express or This is the End, you may exit the trailer with a profound feeling of disappointment – or you may feel that regardless of your expectations. You see, this adaptation of William Faulkner’s seminal novel of the same name isn’t nearly as impressionable as it needs to be, and even from our review it’s clear that the Franco-directed adaptation is one you could easily pass up.
Charting the trials and tribulations faced by the Compsons, a once tight-knit Southern family, The Sound and the Fury is, on paper, an understudy on familial drama and the universal challenges that each of us can relate to in our own unique way. When asked about his decision to reteam with McBride and Rogen for the period piece, Franco stated that:
That idea was always appealing to me. The legends of sort of [Martin] Scorsese and [Robert] De Niro starting out together and making all those great movies together, that was always appealing, that model. Or [John] Cassavetes working with his wife and [Ben] Gazzara and Seymour Cassel, he was in a bunch of them.
Also starring Jacob Loeb, Ahna O’Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey King and Loretta Devine, The Sound and the Fury is in theaters right now.
The Sound and the Fury is a film based on the Nobel Prize winning book of the same name published in 1929 set in Jefferson, Mississippi. The novel centers around the Compson Family, former Southern aristocrats who are struggling to deal with the dissolution of their family and its reputation. Over the course of thirty years, the family falls into financial ruin, loses its religious faith and the respect of the town of Jefferson. Many of them die tragically.