Set in 1929, Serena features Jennifer Lawrence as the outspoken title character, a woman with a strong business sense who's looking to make a career for herself when she marries George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper), a Depression-era timber tycoon.
The dialogue in the trailer, however, seems particularly hokey to us, given the level of movies these two stars have appeared in, like Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
At one point in the trailer, Serena says to George, "I never thought I'd find you. I never thought I'd find anyone." Hard to believe, considering she's so dang gorgeous.
Then George gets caught in a lie, presumably about the son he had with another woman, telling Serena, "I didn't want to frighten you." Serena replies, "I'm not that kind of woman." What kind of woman does she mean? The jealous type? The weak type? It's all a bit too dramatic and cryptic.
Then, as the two lie in a hospital bed, enduring what appears to be a blood transfusion, Serena tells George, "Everything you did, you did for us." To us, it sounds like she's making excuses for what must have been some immoral, if not illegal behavior.
The part of the story they leave out of the trailer is Serena's miscarriage and her implied inability to bear children. This was before fertility treatments, of course, and back then, such a fate could destroy a woman's life, particularly if she and her husband wanted to build a strong family business.
Set in North Carolina but shot in the Czech Republic back in 2012, we can't help but wonder why it took so long for the film to get released. We certainly don't have Oscar hopes for this film.
The good news? JLaw looks amazing. Of course we've seen her as a brunette when she plays Katniss in the Hunger Games movies, but this platinum blond finger-wave hairstyle has us girl-crushing like mad. She looks like she could have fit in perfectly with Jean Harlow or Marlene Dietrich in Hollywood's golden era. She has such great styling in this trailer, we totally want the look.
Serena opens Nov. 27.
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